Iowa Women's Basketball

Iowa women's basketball looks to bounce back after big loss at Notre Dame

Hawkeyes host Robert Morris for 5th time in 7 years

Iowa’s Hannah Stewart (21) shoots as Notre Dame’s Jessica Shepard (32) defends in the Irish’s 105-71 win Thursday at SOuth Bend, Ind. The Hawkeyes try to bounce back Sunday against Robert Morris. (Matt Cashore/USA Today)
Iowa’s Hannah Stewart (21) shoots as Notre Dame’s Jessica Shepard (32) defends in the Irish’s 105-71 win Thursday at SOuth Bend, Ind. The Hawkeyes try to bounce back Sunday against Robert Morris. (Matt Cashore/USA Today)

IOWA CITY — If Lisa Bluder has a shredder in her office, it may have gotten some use Friday.

“We’ve got to forget about this,” Bluder said Thursday night after the 15th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes suffered a 105-71 thumping at the hands of No. 1 Notre Dame. “We need to tear up the stat sheet and move on.”

In a true measuring stick, the Hawkeyes fell far, far short in South Bend. It doesn’t have to define the season, and it doesn’t end it.

Iowa (4-2) renews acquaintances with a familiar non-conference women’s basketball rival Sunday, when it hosts Robert Morris (1-5). Tipoff is 2 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

This will be Robert Morris’ fifth visit to Carver in the past seven seasons, and all four of the previous encounters have been relatively comfortable Iowa victories.

While Bluder said that whatever happened in South Bend will stay in South Bend, Megan Gustafson said, “It’s a balancing act. When you look back, losses can inspire you.

“We still have a good team, and we’re going to put our heart and soul into everything we do.”

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Gustafson is on the doorstep of a major school record. She needs 15 rebounds to catch Cindy Haugejorde as the program’s career leader. Haugejorde grabbed 1,067 rebounds in a career that ran from 1976 through 1980; Gustafson is at 1,052 and is averaging 12.2 boards per game this season.

“There’s so much basketball yet to be played,” Bluder said. “Megan could make it a record that would be almost unbreakable. It’s hard to grasp what she has done.”

Robert Morris has dropped four straight games. Megan Callahan (10.3 ppg), a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard, is the Colonials’ lone double-figure scorer.

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