No. 2-seed Iowa rolled past No. 3-seed North Carolina State (28-6) in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women's basketball tournament Saturday, 79-61.
The Hawkeyes (29-6) advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993.
Coverage from Greensboro:
» Iowa smokes NC State, reaches first Elite 8 since 1993
» Alexis Sevillian's 3-pointer key to Iowa slowing NC State's run
» Recap: Iowa advances to Elite 8 for first time in 26 years
» 37 photos: Iowa handles NC State in Sweet 16
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Turning point: N.C. State quickly chipped away Iowa's 37-24 halftime lead, getting within 43-38 with 4:43 left in the third quarter. Iowa responded. Alexis Sevillian canned a 3-pointer and Megan Gustafson scored inside to restore the Hawkeyes' double-digit lead. It was 56-44 after three and Iowa was never truly threatened again.
Gustafson got off to a slow start by her standards and her teammates picked her up while she dealt with double and triple teams. There was no denying ESPN's national player of the year for long, though. She finished with 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting and made all seven of her free throw attempts. Gustafson also had 12 rebounds, tying the NCAA record with her 33rd double-double of the season, and four assists.
Key stat: 5.
The number of Iowa players who scored at least nine points. Everyone knows how far Gustafson can carry this team, but when the rest of the Hawkeyes are contributing offensively, this is an elite team. Hannah Stewart had 16 points, Tania Davis 10 and Kathleen Doyle and Makenzie Meyer nine.
Up next: The Hawkeyes will face No. 1-seed Baylor in the Elite Eight at 6 p.m. Monday.
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