Iowa women come back to top Rutgers on the road

Register staff reports
Lisa Bluder's Hawkeye team has won six games in a row.

The Iowa women's basketball team used a strong fourth quarter Wednesday to come back and steal a 77-67 overtime win at Rutgers.

The Hawkeyes trailed 45-36 heading into the fourth period before outscoring the home team 23-14 to force overtime. Iowa dominated the extra frame 18-8. 

Not surprisingly, Megan Gustafson led Iowa (22-6, 10-5 Big Ten Conference) with 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting. She added a game-high 14 rebounds. The win was the Hawkeyes' sixth in a row.

Chase Coley added 20 points, and Kathleen Doyle chipped in 14 to go with nine assists. Makenzie Meyer added 11 points to account for the bulk of Iowa's scoring, as all other Hawkeyes combined for just five points. 

Rutgers (19-10, 7-8) had a similar problem sharing the wealth. Tyler Scaife had 30 points and no other Scarlet Knight scored more than seven. 

Rutgers used a 15-point advantage (21-6) in the second quarter to put Iowa in a 25-19 hole entering halftime. The Scarlet Knights increased their lead heading into the final frame but could not put the Hawkeyes away.

The teams were even statistically aside from 3-point and free-throw shooting. Iowa shot 43 percent from the floor, while Rutgers shot 41 percent. Iowa's 43 rebounds narrowly topped Rutgers' 40, and the assist totals numbered 18-14 in favor of the Hawkeyes. 

Lisa Bluder's team was 6-for-14 from 3-point range, while Rutgers shot just 2-for-15. Iowa also made 21 of its 28 free throws, easily outpacing the Knights' 5-for-10 night from the foul line.

The Hawkeyes finish their regular season Saturday with an 11 a.m. home game against Indiana.