Hawkeyes shoot down Cyclones

IOWA CITY — Shooting 56.9 percent from the floor and 61.9 percent from beyond the arc, while having the lead for more than three-fourths of the game, the Iowa women’s basketball team took down its in-state rival Iowa State 88-76 Wednesday night.

“It feels pretty good,” said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. “Our locker room was a pretty happy locker room and it should have been. Our team prepared well for this game, mentally and physically, and I thought we kept our composure the entire game. We get up big, they make a little run at us. For the most part we really kept our composure.

“I thought we were just the better team.”

Five Iowa (7-3) players scored in double figures. Sophomore Tania Davis scored a career-high 23 points, as well as a career-best five 3-pointers. Kathleen Doyle’s 17 points was also a best thus far on her freshman campaign. Ally Disterhoft (14), Megan Gustafson (10) and Christina Buttenham (10) were the other Hawkeyes to score double digits. Gustafson also hauled in 13 rebounds, recording a double-double. her third in and row, and sixth this season.

Iowa State (6-2) got off to a cold start, shooting 5-of-20 from the floor in the opening quarter, including a brick 0-of-8 behind the 3-point line. Seven offensive rebounds kept the Cyclones in the game, as Iowa led just 15-12 after one quarter.

The Hawkeyes busted out a 28-point performance in the second quarter, helping Iowa to a 15-point edge by halftime. ISU took a 17-15 lead a little more than two minutes into the second quarter, but a 16-1 run in a little more than three minutes gave the Hawkeyes a 31-18 edge. The Cyclones would never get any closer than pulling within nine points of Iowa. The Hawkeyes built a 20-point lead, 60-40, midway through the third quarter.

Iowa’s largest lead of the night came with 5:32 to play in the fourth as the Hawkeyes opened a 22-point, 76-54 lead, on a Makenzie Meyer 3-pointer, which was more than enough to keep the Cyclones at bay.

Jadda Buckley led ISU with 21 points, while Bridget Carleton and Seanna Johnson each scored 18 for the Cyclones.

Iowa State returns home to host Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Hawkeyes host Robert Morris Friday night at 7 p.m.

“You know, we started out the season not shooting the ball well and it was just kind of a mystery, honestly. We track our every shot in practice. We know how well that we shoot the ball, so it was just a matter of time. Luckily, you know, sometimes it just takes confidence too. Some start falling and then it’s kind of like an avalanche. So I’m just glad they kept the faith.”

Iowa 88, Iowa St. 76

Iowa St. (6-2) — Buckley 9-19 0-0 21, Carleton 4-9 10-10 18, Johnson 7-17 2-3 18, Durr 2-10 2-3 7, Burkhall 1-4 3-3 5, Starks 2-7 0-0 4, Camber 1-1 0-0 2, Bowe 0-1 1-2 1, Washington 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 26-68 18-21 76.

Iowa (7-3) — Davis 7-11 4-4 23, Doyle 6-11 3-4 17, Disterhoft 4-9 3-4 14, Buttenham 3-3 3-4 10, Gustafson 4-6 2-4 10, Meyer 2-4 0-0 6, Stewart 1-1 2-2 4, Cera 1-2 0-0 2, Kastanek 1-2 0-0 2, Coley 0-2 0-0 0, Ollinger 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 29-51 17-22 88.

Iowa St.    12    16    23    25    —    76

Iowa    15    28    24    21    —    88

3-Point Goals–Iowa St. 6-28 (Buckley 3-7, Johnson 2-9, Durr 1-6, Bowe 0-1, Carleton 0-4, Starks 0-1), Iowa 13-21 (Davis 5-6, Disterhoft 3-5, Doyle 2-5, Meyer 2-2, Buttenham 1-1, Cera 0-1, Kastanek 0-1). Assists–Iowa St. 7 (Johnson 3), Iowa 18 (Doyle 5). Fouled Out–Carleton. Rebounds–Iowa St. 37 (Burkhall 6), Iowa 31 (Gustafson 13). Total Fouls–Iowa St. 22, Iowa 20. A–4,579.