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Strong Hawkeye defense

Hawk Talk
Junior forward Megan Gustafson takes one of her shots in the Hawkeyes 104-97 win against Western Kentucky University on Saturday, Nov. 11. (photo by Brian Fleck)

The Iowa women started the weekend off Friday night with a victory that gave head coach Lisa Bluder her 700th win.
The Hawkeyes beat Quinnipiac, 83-67, scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter to break open a close game.
The Bobcats made it to the Sweet 16 last year and had four starters back.
The Hawks had four players in double figures, led by Megan Gustafson with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Kathleen Doyle and Tania Davis combined for 30 points, four assists and only three turnovers.
It was good to see Tania in her second game back from knee surgery. She ran the court and looked as quick as ever.
Hannah Stewart came off the bench scoring seven and had five assists.
Iowa dominated the glass (50-29) and Alexis Sevillian also came off the bench with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
The Hawks were 15-17 from the free throw line in the second half after getting to the line only two times in the first half.
“It was and exciting way to begin the year,” said Bluder. “The fourth quarter was pretty good. Our defense really dug in and played really good.”

Iowa beat Western Kentucky, 104-97, in overtime to win the Hawkeye Challenge Saturday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
All three of the teams in the Challenge went to the NCAA tournament last season, so this was a good test for the Hawks early in the year.
Iowa had five players in double figures and they needed all five to contribute.
Megan Gustafson was unstoppable in the paint.
The 6-3 junior followed her double-double on Friday with 35 points, 17 rebounds and 7-7 from the free throw line.
Megan was named MVP of the tournament and Big Ten Player of the Week.
Tania Davis (16), Kathleen Doyle (15), Makenzie Meyer (12) and Alexis Sevillian came off the bench to score 11.
How about Tania with nine assists followed by Kathleen and Makenzie with seven apiece?
Once again, Iowa dominated the boards with a 50-33 advantage.
The Hawks also had a 22-18 advantage on bench points.
Alexis had a big steal at the end of regulation and hit a 3-pointer in overtime to give Iowa the lead for good. She will have to step up with Kathleen going down with an ankle sprain.
Kathleen could miss a game or two.
“This was a great victory for our team,” said coach Bluder. “I thought our team showed a lot of grit and poise.”