Megan Gustafson, Kathleen Doyle lift No. 17 Iowa women past Illini
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Megan Gustafson notched 34 points with 12 rebounds for her 43rd career double-double, Kathleen Doyle had her second double-double and No. 17 Iowa turned back Illinois 84-71 on Sunday.
"I'm proud of our team. We are 3-1 in the Big Ten; three of the games have been on the road, two of them have been against top-20 teams," Hawkeye head coach Lisa Bluder told Iowa Athletics. "I don't know if we could ask for much more out of our team with what we have been through and with how they have responded."
Alexis Sevillian matched her career-high with 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers, for the Hawkeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten Conference) and Doyle had 15 points and 10 assists.
"Doyle continues to lead us so well," Bluder said. "She had 10 assists and zero turnovers. I love that Lexi came back and had a great game after struggling at Maryland."
Doyle had her first double-double of 13 and 11 Thursday when Iowa lost at No. 13 Maryland, 80-64. In that game, the Hawkeyes had 23 turnovers but against the Illini, they had a season-low seven turnovers and 24 assists on 29 baskets.
Iowa shot 51 percent (29 of 57) with Gustafson finishing 12 of 17 plus 10 of 10 from the foul line en route to her 16th double-double in 17 games this season.
"I try to relax before every game and know I can handle everything," Gustafson said. "The coaches have prepared me extremely well in practices — I go against double teams every day."
Alex Wittinger had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Illinois (9-9, 0-4), which has lost five straight. Ali Andrews had 13 points.
Gustafson scored inside on back-to-back possessions before Doyle made four free throws as Iowa closed the game on an 8-0 run. The Hawkeyes made their last five baskets while the Illini missed their last three and had three turnovers in the last 2 minutes, 17 seconds.
Iowa next hosts Purdue (10-7, 1-2) at 3 p.m. Saturday.