Megan Gustafson's 34 points carry Iowa to bounce-back win at Illinois

Women's basketball roundup: Iowa State, UNI fall on the road

Iowa forward Megan Gustafson came within one of her career-high with 34 points in a win over Illinois on Sunday. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa forward Megan Gustafson came within one of her career-high with 34 points in a win over Illinois on Sunday. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

The stars shined bright as the Hawkeyes bounced back from their first Big Ten loss with a 84-71 victory over Illinois on Sunday at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.

Junior post Megan Gustafson recorded her 16th double-double of the season with 34 points and 12 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Kathleen Doyle earned her second straight double-double with 15 points and 10 assists.

Freshman guard Alexis Sevillian made five 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 21 points.

“I’m proud of our team,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder told hawkeyesports.com. “I don’t know if we could ask for much more out of our team with what we have been through and with how they have responded.”

No. 17 Iowa (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) had its seven-game winning streak snapped Thursday at No. 13 Maryland, 80-64.

Hurt by turnovers in that road loss, the Hawkeyes bounced back to commit a season-low seven turnovers Sunday compared to 24 assists.

Illinois (9-9, 0-4) kept the game close, and had cut the lead down to three on a 3-pointer by Ali Andrews with 4:11 left to play. Iowa responded with a three-point play by Gustafson and a 3-pointer by Sevillian.

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Alex Wittinger led the Illini with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Ex-City High star Courtney Joens made two 3-pointers off the bench.

The Hawkeyes next play against Purdue at 3 p.m. Saturday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

WEST VIRGINIA 57, IOWA STATE 49

The Cyclones narrowed a 15-point deficit down to two, but couldn’t complete the comeback Sunday at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.

Iowa State (7-8, 1-3 Big 12) used a 3-pointer by Bridget Carleton to put the Mountaineer lead to two, 49-47, with 2:14 to play, but No. 11 West Virginia (14-2, 2-2) ended the game on an 8-2 run.

Carleton led the Cyclones with 14 points. Freshman Kristin Scott added six points and team-high nine rebounds.

Iowa State hosts Kanssa State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

MISSOURI STATE 62, NORTHERN IOWA 52

A poor first half sunk the Panthers on Sunday at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo.

UNI (6-9, 2-2 MVC) shot just 20 percent (5 of 25) and also had 15 turnovers in the first half. The Panthers trailed at halftime, 27-15.

Ellie Howell and Abby Gerrits each scored 12 points to lead Northern Iowa.

Aubrey Buckley led Missouri State (7-8, 3-1) with 13 points and nine rebounds.

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