The Iowa women’s basketball team improved to 5-0 on the year with a 90-46 win over Morgan State at the Puerto Rico Classic on Wednesday afternoon.
Megan Gustafson led the Hawkeyes with 18 points and 10 rebounds in yet another great outing. Put her on watch for Big Ten Player of the Year. I know it’s early, but... she’s set up to have an absolutely great season.
The Hawks start off the Puerto Rico Classic with an impressive 90-46 win over Morgan State pic.twitter.com/6IfIN2afzj— Iowa Women's BBall (@IowaWBB) November 22, 2017
Iowa gets Charlotte today in the second round of the tournament.
"We want (our team) to rest a little bit, go outside and breathe some good, fresh air, but also rest and get off those legs," Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said to HawkeyeSports. "Scoring 90 points today wasn't as much up and down as our past games because Morgan State tried to slow it down and we were OK with that."
It was the second game of the week for the Hawkeyes, who downed Western Michigan 79-56 last Sunday.
Makenzie Meyer had 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting in her best offensive performance of the year. Gustafson — who was named Big Ten Player of the Week following this game — had 15 points and 13 boards.
Alexis Sevillian has also come on strong for Iowa and had 19 points, six assists and five rebounds in the win.
"We took what the defense gave us, our teammates found us for open shots and we did a great job knocking the shots down," Sevillian said to HawkeyeSports. "It feels good to know my coaches and teammates believe in me. That gives me confidence."
Volleyball goes 1-2
Bond Shymansky’s crew fell twice over the past week, potentially putting its NCAA tournament hopes in jeopardy.
Iowa fell to Maryland 3-1, beat tOSU 3-0 and then fell to Illinois 3-0. The Hawkeyes really needed to win two of those games to have a good chance at the NCAA tournament.
Iowa’s RPI was 46th before the loss to Illinois, but they’re still probably on the fringe. The Hawkeye end the season with a date against No. 5 Nebraska, which would be a huge win.