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Posts dominate in Iowa women’s basketball’s win over Robert Morris

IOWA CITY — Megan Gustafson is the all-American, Hannah Stewart the leader, Monika Czinano the understudy.

Put them together, and they were a nightmare for Robert Morris.

Iowa’s post trio combined for a sizzling 23-of-27 from the field, and the 15th-ranked Hawkeyes ran away late, 92-63, in a non-conference women’s basketball game before a crowd of 3,457 Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“Megan’s the example for all of us posts to live up to,” Stewart said after the Hawkeyes (5-2) snapped a two-game losing streak. “Monika, she’s doing really well and I hope it keeps up.”

Its 20-point second-quarter lead shaved to just four midway through the third, Iowa outscored the Colonials (1-6) by a 36-11 margin the rest of the way, including 25-5 in the fourth quarter.

“I’m really happy with our first and fourth quarters,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “The second and third quarters … we have a lot of work to do.”

Gustafson was 13 of 15 from the floor in a 32-point, 12-rebound beauty that probably will net her a fourth straight Big Ten player-of-the-week honor. And she drew nearer to two big milestones.

Heading into Wednesday’s showdown with No. 22 Iowa State (6-1) — tipoff is 7 p.m. at Carver — Gustafson needs 23 points to become the third player in school history with 2,000 career points. And she is three rebounds away from catching Cindy Haugejorde (1976-80) as Iowa’s career leader on the boards.


Stewart was 6 of 8 from the floor and posted 16 points and nine rebounds. Czinano, who is quickly becoming a freshman of impact, made all four of her field-goal tries and scored nine points.

“Monika has two good examples in Megan and Hannah,” Bluder said.

Those three helped stake the Hawkeyes to a 39-15 rebounding advantage.

Makenzie Meyer tallied 12 points; Tania Davis and Alexis Sevillian managed nine apiece, with Sevillian distributing seven assists as Iowa shot 64 percent (36 of 56).

Iowa was coming off a 105-71 drubbing at the hands of No. 1 Notre Dame on Thursday. The Hawkeyes scored 13 straight points for a 20-9 lead, and the margin grew to 48-28 late in the second quarter.

But Robert Morris tallied the final eight points of the half, then closed within 56-52 on Nneka Ezeigbo’s bucket with 4:50 left in the third quarter.

Gustafson converted on an offensive rebound, Sevillian hit a 3-pointer and the Hawkeyes were able to recover and storm away in the final 14 minutes.

Ezeigbo led the Colonials with 13 points. RMU hit 11 of 30 3-point tries.

“A lot of their 3-pointers came in transition,” Davis said. “We all have to take the initiative to find the open girl and guard her, then switch back to our own girl.”

Three of the Hawkeyes’ next four games are against in-state rivals, and they hope to extend their Cy-Hawk winning streak to three for the first time since the 1990s.

“I’m really excited for it,” said Gustafson, who hails from northern Wisconsin. “We’re all from the state of Iowa this week.” 


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ROBERT MORRIS (63): Nadege Pluviose 4-7 2-2 11, Nneka Ezeigbo 6-8 1-5 13, Nia Adams 4-8 0-0 11, Nina Augustin 2-6 0-0 6, Megan Callahan 1-5 0-0 3, Isabella Posset 2-5 0-0 5, Esther Castedo 4-7 0-0 10, Natalie Villaflor 0-1 0-0 0, Honoka Ikematsu 0-6 1-2 1, Laura Carrasco 1-2 0-0 3, Irekpitan Ozzy-Momodu 0-0 0-0 0, Julia Chadwick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-55 4-9 63.

IOWA (92): Hannah Stewart 6-8 4-5 16, Megan Gustafson 13-15 6-6 32, Makenzie Meyer 5-11 0-0 12, Alexis Sevillian 3-5 0-0 9, Tania Davis 3-5 1-2 9, Logan Cook 0-1 0-0 0, Zion Sanders 1-2 0-0 2, Amanda Ollinger 1-5 0-0 3, Tomi Taiwo 0-0 0-0 0, Monika Czinano 4-4 1-2 9. Totals 36-56 12-15 92.

Halftime: Iowa 48, RMU 36. 3-point goals: RMU 11-30 (Pluviose 1-2, Adams 3-6, Augustin 2-5, Callahan 1-3, Posset 1-3, Castedo 2-4, Villaflor 0-1, Ikematsu 0-5, Carrasco 1-1), Iowa 8-20 (Meyer 2-7, Sevillian 3-5, Davis 2-4, Cook 0-1, Sanders 0-1, Ollinger 1-2). Team fouls: RMU 21, Iowa 9. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: RMU 15 (Pluviose, Villaflor 3), Iowa 39 (Gustafson 12). Assists: RMU 14 (Pluviose 5), Iowa 28 (Sevillian 7). Steals: RMU 8 (Ezeigbo 4), Iowa 7 (Ollinger 3). Turnovers: RMU 16, Iowa 17.

Attendance: 3,457.

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