Iowa Women's Basketball

Iowa women's basketball makes it 20 straight wins over Wisconsin

Guards Kathleen Doyle, Makenzie Meyer complement Megan Gustafson in a 71-53 victory

IOWA CITY — The game was indicative of the rivalry.

All Iowa.

The 20th-ranked Hawkeyes broke open a competitive game with an 11-0 third-quarter run, and dusted Wisconsin once again, 71-53, in a Big Ten women’s basketball contest in front of 3,428 Monday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“We had a good start in our first and third quarters, and our defense was pretty good tonight,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “And I love only 10 turnovers, compared to 23 assists.”

Iowa (11-3, 2-1) defeated Wisconsin for the 20th straight time — a streak that began in 2007 — and moved into a five-way tie for third place in the Big Ten, one game behind front-runners Indiana and Rutgers.

Megan Gustafson led the Hawkeyes with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the all-American had plenty of help.

Kathleen Doyle added 15 points and seven assists, Hannah Stewart supplied 11 points and Makenzie Meyer tacked on 10.

A junior from Mason City, Meyer had been sputtering offensively (she was 8 for 28 from the field in the previous five games), but was 4 for 7 Monday.

“A really good bounce-back game for Makenzie,” Bluder called it.

“When we have four in double figures like we did tonight. we’re harder to guard. They collapsed on Megan, and our guards were taking advantage of that.”

Meyer opened with a steal and a layup.

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“I tried to start with defense,” she said. “It was really nice to start with a made shot. A slump is really tough as a shooter. But so many people here are confident in me.”

Doyle was 3 of 6 from outside.

“The 3-pointers just build confidence,” she said.

Wisconsin (10-6, 1-3) has a promising freshman in forward Imani Lewis, who scored six early points as the Badgers started strong and led, 11-7, midway through the first quarter.

Gustafson’s first basket, from the baseline, triggered a 10-0 run for a 17-11 advantage, and the margin was 34-27 at halftime.

The Badgers remained in contention at 40-34 at the 5:15 mark of the third quarter before Iowa made its next big push.

It started with a steal and layup by Tania Davis. Doyle hit a 3-pointer, Meyer converted on a drive, Doyle made a layup and Gustafson got loose inside to make it 51-34.

Wisconsin got within nine points twice in the fourth quarter, but the Badgers weren’t accurate enough from the free-throw line to make a further dent. They were 2 of 12 from the charity stripe. including 1 of 8 in the final period.

Lewis finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers. Marsha Howard, who entered the game as Wisconsin’s leading scorer at 13.1 points per game, managed just two Monday before fouling out.

Unless they meet in the Big Ten tournament — a fairly unlikely possibility — Monday’s meeting was the last for Gustafson against her home-state school. Gustafson is a native of Port Wing, Wis.

The Hawkeyes play at Purdue at 7 p.m. Thursday. Wisconsin hosts Indiana on Sunday. 

IOWA 71, WISCONSIN 53

At Iowa City

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WISCONSIN (53): Kelly Karlis 3-9 0-2 8, Marsha Howard 1-6 0-4 2, Imani Lewis 10-15 2-4 22, Suzanne Gilreath 0-5 0-0 0, Kendra Van Leeuwen 3-11 0-0 7, Niya Beverley 1-3 0-0 2, Abby Laszewski 5-6 0-0 10, Jasmine Hale 1-2 0-0 2, Alex Luehring 0-2 0-0 0, Diamond Bragg 0-0 0-2 0, Kara Crowley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-59 2-12 53.

IOWA (71): Hannah Stewart 5-12 1-2 11, Megan Gustafson 9-16 3-3 21, Makenzie Meyer 4-7 0-0 10, Tania Davis 2-7 0-0 4, Kathleen Doyle 5-13 2-2 15, Alexis Sevillian 1-4 0-0 3, Tomi Taiwo 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Ollinger 2-2 1-2 5, Logan Cook 0-1 0-0 0, Monika Czinano 1-1 0-1 2, Zion Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Paula Valino Ramos 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-63 7-10 71.

Halftime: Iowa 34, Wisconsin 27. 3-point goals: Wisconsin 3-12 (Karlis 2-3, Lewis 0-1, Gilreath 0-2, Van Leeuwen 1-4, Hale 0-1, Luehring 0-1), Iowa 6-18 (Meyer 2-5, Davis 0-2, Doyle 3-6, Sevillian 1-4, Cook 0-1). Team fouls: Wisconsin 19, Iowa 13. Fouled out: Howard. Rebounds: Wisconsin 40 (Lewis 11), Iowa 36 (Gustafson 12). Assists: Wisconsin 11 (Karlis 5), Iowa 23 (Doyle 7). Steals: Wisconsin 6 (Lewis 2), Iowa 9 (Doyle 3). Turnovers: Wisconsin 17, Iowa 10.

Attendance: 3,428.

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