Unselfish Hawkeyes overwhelm Samford, 80-59

Women's basketball: Hannah Stewart hits career high; Iowa takes 8-1 mark to Ames

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IOWA CITY — Thirty baskets, 25 assists. That’s just how the Iowa Hawkeyes roll.

“This is the first team I’ve ever been on in which no players truly care about their stat line,” Hannah Stewart said.

The Hawkeyes continued to share the wealth, and Stewart was one of the main beneficiaries, scoring a career-high 17 points in an 80-59 women’s basketball win over Samford before 3,785 Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa (8-1) leads the nation in assists (24.9 per game), and was right on that mark again Sunday.

“Everyone is super unselfish,” Kathleen Doyle said. “All anybody cares about is winning. Nobody worries about who scores what. Everybody’s having a blast together.”

The blast was delayed somewhat in this one. Samford (3-5) was still in the game at 54-47 late in the third quarter before the Hawkeyes blew it open with 17 straight points, and the margin grew as large as 28 points in the final minutes.

“We need to celebrate all victories, small and large,” Doyle said. “We took care of business, even though this was a team we should be beating.”

Megan Gustafson posted her eighth double-double of the season (18 points, 11 rebounds). Stewart added her career-best scoring total on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor, and Doyle tallied 14 points.

“(Assistant coach Jan Jensen) keeps telling me, take what they give you,” said Stewart, whose previous high tally was 13.

And what did the Bulldogs give her?

“More open shots.”

Tania Davis distributed seven assists and Doyle added six as the Hawkeyes led from wire to wire.

Iowa jumped in front, 24-13, after the first quarter before slipping into a mild funk for the next 17 minutes.

“I was concerned about this game, coming between Florida State and Iowa State,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “It’s an easy game to lose attention.

“I wasn’t thrilled about our first-half performance, and I let them know (at halftime). They responded.”

Olivia Crozier and Hannah Nichols led Samford with 14 points apiece.

So now the Hawkeyes’ focus turns to Wednesday’s game at Iowa State. They have lost 10 consecutive games in Ames; Iowa’s last win at Hilton Coliseum came Nov. 27, 1991.

“It’s a very, very tough place to play,” Stewart said. “It would be a fun place to win.”

Doyle said, “We want to go quiet down that Hilton Magic.”

IOWA 80, SAMFORD 59

At Iowa City

SAMFORD (59): Olivia Crozier 6-10 1-2 14, Samantha Fitzgerald 1-6 0-0 3, Hannah Nichols 6-12 0-0 14, Charity Brown 2-9 0-0 5, Cassidy Williams 4-6 1-2 11, Shauntai Battle 2-6 0-0 5, Paige Serup 0-3 0-0 0, Raven Omar 0-0 0-0 0, Makaila Woolard 2-8 0-0 5, Natalie Armstrong 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 24-64 2-4 59.

IOWA (80): Chase Coley 3-3 2-2 8, Megan Gustafson 8-13 2-4 18, Makenzie Meyer 1-5 2-2 5, Tania Davis 3-7 0-0 8, Kathleen Doyle 4-6 3-4 14, Alexis Sevillian 2-6 0-0 4, Hannah Stewart 7-9 3-3 17, Zion Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Paula Valino Ramos 0-0 1-2 1, Carly Mohns 0-1 0-0 0, Amanda Ollinger 2-6 0-2 5. Totals 30-56 13-19 80.

Halftime: Iowa 38, Samford 28. 3-point goals: Samford 9-26 (Crozier 1-1, Fitzgerald 1-2, Nichols 2-7, Brown 1-2, Williams 2-4, Battle 1-4, Serup 0-3, Woolard 1-2, Armstrong 0-1), Iowa 7-17 (Meyer 1-4, Davis 2-4, Doyle 3-3, Sevillian 0-1, Ollinger 1-5). Team fouls: Samford 18, Iowa 7. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Samford 28 (Brown 6), Iowa 43 (Gustafson 11). Assists: Samford 16 (Brown 6), Iowa 25 (Davis 7). Steals: Samford 8 (three with 2), Iowa 7 (Stewart 3). Turnovers: Samford 10, Iowa 13.

Attendance: 3,785.

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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