No. 10 Iowa (26-6) claimed its first Big Ten women's basketball tournament championship since 2001 with a 90-76 win over No. 8 Maryland (28-4) Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Hawkeyes earned a season sweep over the Big Ten regular-season champion Terrapins, including an 86-73 win at home on Feb. 17.
Coverage from Indianapolis
Turning point: Iowa led by 14 early in the second quarter, but Maryland whittled it down to 51-45 at halftime and tied it at 53 with 7:21 to go in the third. Megan Gustafson and Kathleen Doyle helped the Hawkeyes end the quarter with a flurry. Gustafson scored six points, including a hook shot as the shot clock expired with 47 seconds left, and Doyle added four in a 10-2 Iowa run to go up 69-60. Tania Davis opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and the Hawkeyes never looked back.
MVP: Who else? Gustafson set the Big Ten tournament record with 48 points in a quarterfinal loss to Minnesota last year, and nearly matched that effort Sunday. The Big Ten player of the year totaled 45 points, hitting 17 of 24 field goals and 11 of 14 free throws. Of course, she had a double-double with 10 rebounds as well.
Key stat: 3-13. Gustafson's numbers are mind-boggling, of course, but let's take a look at how the Terrapins couldn't keep up. Maryland entered leading the Big Ten in 3-point percentage at 37.1, but made only 3 of 13 Sunday.
Points: Megan Gustafson, Iowa (45); Kaila Charles, Maryland (36)
Rebounds: Megan Gustafson, Iowa (10); Kaila Charles, Maryland (9)
Assists: Makenzie Meyer, Alexis Sevillian, Iowa (5); Channise Lewis, Maryland (11)
Steals: Kathleen Doyle, Iowa (4); Blair Watson, Maryland (6)
Blocks: Megan Gustafson, Iowa (3); Kaila Charles, Sara Vujacic, Maryland (1)
3-Pointers: Makenzie Meyer, Iowa (2-4); Blair Watson, Maryland (2-4)
Up next: Selection Monday for the NCAA women's basketball tournament is a week from Monday. Iowa is virtually assured a top-four seed and a chance to host the first two rounds. The Hawkeyes were listed as a No. 2-seed before the Big Ten tournament began.