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Doyle’s 31 helps Iowa top No. 12 Indiana

Kathleen Doyle

IOWA CITY — Kathleen Doyle had 31 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists, Makenzie Meyer scored seven of her 17 points in the final three minutes, and the Iowa women’s basketball team beat No. 12 Indiana 91-85 in double overtime Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa (13-3, 4-1) extended its home win streak to 30 games and moved into a three-way tie with Indiana and Rutgers atop the Big Ten Conference standings.

“First place sounds good to me, it never sounds bad,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said. “You certainly want it at the end of the year, but we will take it any time. There is a lot of basketball to be played and we know that.”

Monika Czinano had 23 points before fouling out in the first overtime, and Amanda Ollinger added six points and a career-high 10 assists for the Hawkeyes.

Meyer hit a 3-pointer and then made a layup to give Iowa a five-point lead — its biggest of the game to that point — with 1:56 left in the second overtime. Aleksa Gulbe and Grace Berger made back-to-back layups to trim Indiana’s deficit to 85-84 just 41 seconds later but Doyle answered with a layup and the Hoosiers got no closer.

“This is obviously an important win for us now, for March and for the Big Ten standings,” Bluder said. “These women were amazing; they kept believing and they kept the faith.”

The Hoosiers have lost 20 consecutive road games against Iowa, dating to a 63-59 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Feb. 20, 1994.

Jaelynn Penn had a season-high 24 points, Gulbe added 18 points and nine rebounds and Berger finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Indiana (14-3, 4-1).

The Hoosiers led by as many as 14 points in the first half and Gulbe hit a 3-pointer to give them a 69-63 lead with 3:23 left in regulation. Iowa scored 11 of the next 16 points to force overtime. Doyle was fouled as she made a layup to make it 74-all but missed the and-1 free-throw attempt with four seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Iowa goes on the road this week for Big Ten games Thursday at Minnesota and next Sunday at Wisconsin.

Iowa 91, No. 12 Indiana 85, 2OT

At Iowa City

INDIANA (14-3) — Gulbe 6-11 4-5 18, Wise 2-8 3-6 7, Berger 7-16 2-2 16, Patberg 3-12 0-0 6, Penn 10-16 1-3 24, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Holmes 4-7 1-2 9, Warthen 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 2-5 0-0 5. TOTALS 34-75 11-18 85

IOWA (13-3) — Ollinger 3-6 0-1 6, Czinano 8-16 7-8 23, Doyle 13-22 5-8 31, Meyer 6-10 3-3 17, Sevillian 0-4 1-2 1, Marshall 1-2 0-0 2, Taiwo 0-0 0-0 0, Warnock 4-5 1-2 11. TOTALS 35-65 17-24 91

Indiana 22 15 14 23 3 8 — 85

Iowa 15 17 21 21 3 14 — 91

3-Point Goals–Indiana 6-28 (Gulbe 2-3, Wise 0-4, Berger 0-4, Patberg 0-6, Penn 3-8, Wilson 1-3), Iowa 4-11 (Doyle 0-3, Meyer 2-3, Sevillian 0-2, Marshall 0-1, Warnock 2-2). Assists–Indiana 15 (Patberg 7), Iowa 21 (Doyle 10). Fouled Out–Czinano. Rebounds–Indiana 41 (Wise 3-9), Iowa 39 (Doyle 2-9). Total Fouls–Indiana 22, Iowa 14. A–7,397.