Hawks rock UNI by epic proportions

IOWA CITY — Ally Disterhoft had 17 points while Megan Gustafson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds as the Iowa women’s basketball team pounded in-state rival Northern Iowa 88-39. It was the worst loss and least amount of points the Panthers suffered since a 91-37 loss to Maryland in 2007.

The Hawkeyes (6-3) had no issues scoring, shooting 60.7 percent from the floor and dropping 11-for-16 from the 3-point line. Disterhoft was 4-for-4 from the arch while Makenzie Meyer came off the bench to shoot 2-for-4 and tally nine points.

“Honestly, we work on [3-point shooting] every day,” said Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder. “It’s not like we did anything more getting ready for these games. We always work on 3-point shooting a lot. That was the frustrating part of it, because I knew that we had good 3-point shooters. We stat it in practice. We know what they’re capable of doing.

“So, it’s just a matter of time, and hopefully that well is open now, and they’ll keep gushing out because it helps us a lot.”

Iowa shot 63 percent in the first quarter, while Northern Iowa (4-4) shot just 18 percent. The Hawkeyes also dominated in the paint, outscoring the Panthers 36-14 underneath, as well as off the bench, 39-11.

The Panthers were led by Madison Weekly, who had 12 points, while Hannah Schonhardt pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the loss. They were only able to tally a 21 percent mark from the field, overall, and made just four 3-pointers on 27 attempts.

For Northern Iowa, it heads back home to host Creighton on Dec. 10. Iowa will host another in-state rival in Iowa State, which is coming off a 100-point scoring day against the University of New Orleans (100-63).

“We know they’re playing better than they were at the beginning of the year, when the only beat Northern Iowa by eight in Hilton,” Bluder said. “Good basketball team, great 3-point shooters, great point guard. Inside player Meredith Bukhall’s done a good job.

“We know we’re going to get their best shot. It’s just an emotional game, both teams.”

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa 88, N. Iowa 39

IOWA (6-3) — Disterhoft 6-7 1-2 17, Gustafson 5-11 2-2 12, Meyer 2-5 3-4 9, Cera 3-4 0-0 7, Coley 3-4 0-0 7, Doyle 2-5 2-2 7, Stewart 3-6 1-1 7, Davis 3-4 0-0 6, Buttenham 2-3 0-0 5, Kastanek 2-3 0-0 5, Schneden 2-3 0-0 4, Ollinger 1-1 0-0 2.  TOTALS 34-56 9-11 88.

N. IOWA (4-4) — Weekly 5-16 0-0 12, Morgan 2-5 2-2 7, Hagen 1-3 2-4 4, Kirkpatrick 0-4 4-6 4, Maahs 2-8 0-0 4, Davison 1-5 0-0 3, Gerrits 1-6 0-0 2, Schonhardt 1-10 0-0 2, Simon-Ressler 0-0 1-2 1, Criswell 0-1 0-0 0, Herzberg 0-3 0-0 0, Hillyard 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 13-62 9-14 39.

Iowa    25    15    28    20    —    88

N. Iowa    10    7    10    12    —    39

3-Point Goals–Iowa 11-16 (Disterhoft 4-4, Meyer 2-4, Buttenham 1-2, Cera 1-1, Coley 1-1, Doyle 1-1, Kastanek 1-2, Davis 0-1), UNI 4-27 (Weekly 2-6, Davison 1-3, Morgan 1-3, Criswell 0-1, Gerrits 0-2, Herzberg 0-1, Kirkpatrick 0-2, Maahs 0-3, Schonhardt 0-6). Assists–Iowa 21 (Davis 4), UNI 6 (Morgan 2). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Iowa 47 (Gustafson 17), UNI 27 (Schonhardt 8). Total Fouls–Iowa 17, UNI 14. A–4,666.