Gustafson, Hawkeyes over­whelm Buck­eyes

The Columbus Dispatch - - Sports - By Jeff Thitoff The Colum­bus Dis­patch

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

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