Gustafson, Hawkeyes overwhelm Buckeyes
No. 16 Iowa 78, OSU women 52
Ohio State overcame an early 13-point deficit to grab a 27-26 lead late in the second quarter against 16thranked Iowa on Sunday. It would prove to be the apex for the Buckeyes.
A scoring drought of more than six minutes ensued for Ohio State and Iowa rolled to a 78-52 win in a Big Ten women’s basketball game in front of 5,344 at Value City Arena.
Megan Gustafson, the nation’s leading scorer, poured in 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. The doubledouble was the 77th of the senior’s career, tying former Buckeye Jantel Lavender for the most in conference history.
In the first half, Ohio State (10-12, 6-7) limited Gustafson to a relatively quiet 10 points and nine rebounds. Iowa’s lead was just 31-27 at the intermission.
“We wanted to play man, zone, box and one,” Ohio State coach Kevin Mcguff said. “I thought in the second quarter the different looks took them out of their rhythm and put them on their heels a little bit.”
The second half was a different story. Gustafson scored 15 points, making 7 of 9 shots in the third quarter alone.
“In the first half, there were a few shots I missed that I should have made,” Gustafson said. “In the second half, I knew I needed to take over, and it