College Womens Basketball

Iowa falls at Maryland in top-20 women's basketball showdown

Hawkeyes suffer first Big Ten loss, 80-64

Iowa women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — No. 13 Maryland proved an inhospitable host Thursday night, handing the 17th-ranked Iowa women’s basketball team an 80-64 defeat in Big Ten action at Xfinity Center.

The Terrapins (14-2, 3-0 Big Ten) took control early on, storming out to a 31-17 lead after the first quarter. The Hawkeyes (14-2, 2-1) closed the gap to 11 at halftime, using an 8-0 run to start the second quarter, but it was pretty much all Maryland after the break. The Terps’ lead grew to as much as 25 with 6:02 remaining before Iowa made it a little more respectable in the waning minutes.

Kaila Charles led the way for Maryland with 24 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Blair Watson added 13 points in the winning effort, while Channise Lewis scored 11 points and finished with a team-high five steals.

Junior Megan Gustafson registered her 15th double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. The effort marked the 42nd double-double of her career. Gustafson also finished with four blocked shots and three assists.

Sophomore Kathleen Doyle recorded the first double-double of her career with 13 points and a career-best 11 assists, while freshman Alexis Sevillian collected a career-best seven rebounds. Chase Coley added nine points and six rebounds.

Gustafson entered Thursday night’s game as the third-leading scorer in the Big Ten, but Maryland countered by changing defenses as needed, keeping Iowa from getting comfortable and sagging in to crowd the paint.

“We made some really kind of silly passes trying to break the press, and just passes that we don’t practice,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “I thought their half-court press bothered us ... we did a great job against their full-court press, their three-quarter-court press, I thought we did a good job with all those things. But their half-court press bothered us.”

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