2019 NCAA TOURNAMENT

Iowa vs. Missouri: NCAA Tournament final score, stats, highlights

No. 2-seed Iowa is heading to the Sweet 16 after capping an undefeated season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes (28-6) downed No. 7-seed Missouri 62-43 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday.

Coverage from Carver:

» Iowa sprints away from Missouri, marches to the Sweet 16

» Makenzie Meyer a 'difference-maker' again for Iowa women's basketball

» Game recap: Iowa pulls away from Missouri for Sweet 16 berth

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Turning point: The game was still in the balance heading to the fourth quarter as the Hawkeyes led 47-41. That's when the Hawkeyes locked down on defense, holding Mizzou scoreless for the first 5:14 of the quarter as they built a 17-point lead. Tania Davis and Makenzie Meyer hit 3-pointers to jump start the offense and go up double digits.

MVP: Megan Gustafson put up her typical numbers (24 points, 19 rebounds) but Meyer deserves a lot of credit too. On a day when a number of other Hawkeyes struggled, Meyer came up big time and time again. She knocked down 4 of 7 3-point attempts and totaled 18 points, four assists and three rebounds.

Key stat: 4-14. Missouri led 20-16 after one quarter but struggled offensively most of the rest of the way. That was no more apparent than in the fourth quarter, when the Tigers were 4 of 14 from the field as the Hawkeyes pulled away.

Stat leaders:

Points: Megan Gustafson, Iowa (24); Amber Smith, Missouri (21)

Rebounds: Megan Gustafson, Iowa (19); Amber Smith, Missouri (9)

Assists: Tania Davis, Iowa (6); Amber Smith, Missouri (4)

Steals: Hannah Stewart, Kathleen Doyle, Iowa (3)

Blocks: Hannah Stewart, Iowa (3); Hannah Schuchts, Missouri (2)

3-Pointers: Makenzie Meyer, Iowa (4-7); Amber Smith, Missouri (3-7)

Up next: Iowa heads to Greensboro, N.C., where it will take on either No. 3-seed North Carolina State or No. 6-seed Kentucky in the next round Saturday. The Wolfpack and Wildcats play at 6 p.m. CT Monday.

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