New teammates Davis, Gustafson provide dangerous duo
For the last three seasons, Samantha Logic and Bethany Doolittle gave Iowa one of the top point guard and post combinations in the Big Ten.
While Logic and Doolittle will continue to give opponents fits next season as professional teammates in France, Iowa hopes it has found its next dynamic point guard and post duo.
Incoming freshman Tania Davis and Megan Gustafson put on a show Wednesday in their first game as teammates on the opening night of the Game Time League at the North Liberty Community Center.
The lightening quick Davis scored a game-high 26 points and had five assists while the 6-foot-3 Gustafson had 17 points and 19 rebounds leading their Beat the Bookstore/Westport Touchless Autowash team to a 103-78 win over Cullen Painting/Joensy's Iowa City.
"It's good to get to play together," Davis said. "It gives us a chance to learn each other's strengths and weaknesses what we like to do what we don't like to do. We work really, really well together and I like her as a teammate."
Iowa fans grew accustomed to watching Logic and Doolittle cause headaches for opponents.
Gustafson and Davis were watching as well.
Now the duo hopes to provide its own brand of distraught for opposing defenders with a combination of size and speed.
"Bethany is a really great player," Gustafson said. "I remember watching her this past year and trying to get some tips to see how see plays."
The top-ranked recruit in Iowa's incoming four-player class that ranked 18th best in the nation, the 5-foot-4 Davis was ranked as the No. 37 Prospect and 12th best point guard by ESPN HoopGurlz coming out of Grand Blanc Michigan's Goodrich High School.
An ultra quick guard with tremednous passing ability, Davis will try to help fill the void left by Logic, a four-year starter and WNBA Draft pick who is regarded by many as the top point guard in program history.
"She the standard real high definitely," Davis said. "Just watching a couple of games of what she did, what she didn't do, when she pushed the ball, when she didn't push the ball I actually learned a lot from Sam just from watching her on TV."
Gustafson has her own enormous shoes to fill.
Doolittle left Iowa as one of top shot blockers in program history and a 1,000 point scorer.
Gustafson comes to Iowa with her own impressive resume.
Ranked the No. 92 Prospect in the Class of 2015 by ESPN HoopGurlz, Gustafson set the Wisconsin career scoring record at South Shore High School in Port Wing.
She hopes to help fill the 6-foot-4 void left by the departure of Doolittle.
"She was a great post, a big presence," Gustafson said of Doolittle. "Hopefully I can help out in that department."
Neither Davis or Gustafson was ready to declare themselves a replacement for an all-Big Ten caliber player just three days into their first set of summer workouts.
However, both players come to Iowa with high expectations.
"I'm going to work hard and Megan is going to work hard to play as much we can," Davis said. "Whether we have to come off the bench, whether we start we are definitely going to contribute to the team whatever way we can."
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