Hawkeyes make move past Colonials

IOWA CITY — Robert Morris punched, but the Hawkeyes had the counterpunch.

The Iowa women’s basketball team responded to the Colonials’ best run with a decisive one of its own, beating back Robert Morris for an 81-60 victory on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

A 9-2 run by the Colonials (4-6) early in the second quarter put them in front 29-27, but Iowa had an answer. Three-pointers by Makenzie Meyer, Amanda Ollinger and Tania Davis helped spark the Hawkeyes’ 13-2 surge over the final 3:36 of the period that led to a 40-31 halftime advantage.

Iowa (8-3) steadily pulled away by outscoring the Colonials 41-29 in the second half for its third-straight win.

Megan Gustafson led the Hawkeyes with 15 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot. Ally Disterhoft and Davis both scored 14 points and Kathleen Doyle added 11 points and three steals.

Meyer and Hannah Stewart both contributed eight points off the bench for Iowa, while Ollinger’s only field-goal attempt was her second-quarter trey. Stewart’s eight rebounds were a career high.

A Niki Stamolamprou led Robert Morris with 16 points, and Nadege Pluviose added 12 points off the bench.

On Sunday, the Hawkeyes play away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time since Black Friday when they travel to Des Moines for an in-state showdown with the Drake Bulldogs. Tipoff inside the Knapp Center is set for 2 p.m.