December 28, 2017
By Natalie Iacopetti
Madison, Wisconsin – As the Big Ten conference opened – the Hawkeyes traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to take on the Badgers last night in the Khol Center.
Junior Megan Gustafson led No. 23 Iowa to a victory over the Badgers 56-46 with her 40th career double-double (21 points and 16 rebounds) and shooting 11 of 11 from the free throw line.
Iowa is now 13-1 overall, and 1-0 in the Big Ten Conference (8th consecutive win).
For the second time in two weeks, the Hawkeyes have lost two starting guards. Point guard Tania Davis is out for the season due to a torn ACL and medial meniscus in her left knee, and sophomore guard Makenzie Meyer (who leads the Hawkeyes in assists) injured her hand in practice last Wednesday. These injuries have forced the Hawkeyes to change up the starting lineup.
Sophomore Amanda Ollinger and freshman Alexis Sevillian filled those positions for the Hawks on Thursday night.
Seven minutes into the first quarter, the Hawks were up 11-7 and continued to build the lead to 30-14 at halftime. Chase Coley added 14 points along and Alexis Sevillian had 11 for Iowa.
The Hawkeyes love to focus on assists. Kathleen Doyle led the Hawks in assists with 7, and the aggressive Hawkeyes also dominated the boards (49-29) against the Badgers.
Going into the fourth quarter the Hawks led 45-31 after a run from Megan Gustafson and continued to keep the lead throughout the fourth quarter.
The Hawkeyes will be taking on No. 21 Michigan (12-2) on Sunday at 3 pm in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.