Iowa Women's Basketball

Iowa women's basketball makes it a Sunday sweep of Illinois

Megan Gustafson hits first career 3, Hawkeyes roll, 94-75

Iowa guards Makenzie Meyer (left) and Tania Davis celebrate their win over Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Iowa guards Makenzie Meyer (left) and Tania Davis celebrate their win over Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

The 18th-ranked Hawkeyes shot lights-out in a 94-75 win over Illinois on Sunday at State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.

Iowa was so hot from 3-point range, All-American post Megan Gustafson hit her first career 3-pointer.

“That’s kind of fun,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said.


Gustafson later posted a video of the 3-pointer — which came in the closing seconds of the first quarter — on Twitter and wrote: “It’s official, I’ve peaked.”

Iowa (14-4, 5-2 Big Ten) peaked from 3-point range, for sure. The Hawkeyes hit 11 of 22 3-pointers (50 percent). That included 8-of-14 shooting in the first half from the arc.

“We came in here and shot the ball really, really well,” Bluder said. “I love that number. I’m so glad our shooters are getting into their rhythm again. It’s happening at the perfect time.”

Coming in, the Hawkeyes had hit just 25 3-pointers in six Big Ten games.

Sunday, starting guards Makenzie Meyer, Tania Davis and Kathleen Doyle each nailed three 3-pointers. Alexis Sevillian and Gustafson provided the final two.

“It just gives somebody else something else to worry about,” Bluder said. “If you are a coach looking at our stat line tonight, it makes you want to pull your hair out.”

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Bluder cited the overall shooting percentage (61.9 percent, 39 of 63), 24 assists on 39 baskets, and a rebounding advantage of 38 to 21.

Iowa led 31-21 after Gustafson’s 3-pointer to cap the first quarter.

Illinois (9-9, 1-6) never got closer than eight points in the second half, the final time with 57 seconds left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Arieal Scott to make it 53-45.

Brandi Beasley finished with 21 points, Alex Wittinger had 20 and Scott added 15. The Illini shot 47.6 percent from the field (30 of 63) and only had five turnovers.

“They were shooting the ball well, too,” Bluder said. “I like the way we are closing games.”

Gustafson finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Davis had 19 points and Doyle 17. Hannah Stewart had 13 points and six rebounds.

Next up is a Wednesday tilt against Big Ten leader Rutgers (15-3, 7-0). Tipoff is 7 p.m.

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