IOWA CITY (AP) — Junior Megan Gustafson had 27 points and 11 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 14th double-double, sophomore Kathleen Doyle set career-highs with 23 points and nine assists, and the Iowa women’s basketball team beat Michigan 82-72 on Sunday.
Iowa (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) is off to its best start since the 1995-96 season when the Hawkeyes opened at 20-1.
The game featured two top 25 ranked teams. Iowa came into the game ranked 23rd but moved up to 18th in Monday’s latest Associated Press poll. Michigan played Iowa as the 23rd ranked team and is now ranked 22nd.
Michigan went on a 7-0 run to pull within 64-62 but Iowa answered with an 8-0 spurt, capped by Gustafson’s layup with 1:21 to go. The Hawkeyes’ lead didn’t dip below nine points the rest of the way.
Alexis Sevillian added 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting for Iowa. Gustafson went 11-of-11 from the free-throw line for the second straight game and she was 8-of-9 from the field.
Katelynn Flaherty, ranked seventh nationally with 22.7 points per game, led Michigan (12-3, 1-1) with four 3-pointers and 24 points. Kayla Robbins and Deja Church each added 11 points. The Wolverines had their eight-game winning streak snapped.