Megan Gustafson is the bonafied star of this Iowa women’s team, but it’s the guard play that might be the key to success come tournament time.
Their importance was on display on Wednesday night in the win against an aggressive Rutgers team.
“Iowa’s guards are outstanding,” Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer said. “They shoot the ball extremely well. They work with precision. They understand how to hit the big girl… and she’s the best that I’ve seen. She’s truly the best center in the country.”
Gustafson certainly loosens things up on the perimeter, but Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder says the Hawkeyes’ poise was as good as she’d seen all season.
“We only have 12 turnovers against that kind of pressure defense,” Bluder said. “We have 19 assists on 24 baskets, so again, they played Iowa basketball. They didn’t let Rutgers get us out of what we wanted to do.”
Kathleen Doyle was also a big part of the game plan. After missing the first seven games of the season, Doyle is starting to show her potential as an all-Big Ten guard.
“Took a little bit once I got back to get my legs back under me, but I feel like I’m really in better shape and I’m good to go,” Doyle said. “As long as they need me, I’m in there.”
Doyle could be assuming the role of the second-option for this Iowa offense. The junior is averaging around 14 points per game over the last four — all of them have been Hawkeyes victories.