IOWA CITY -- A balanced approach led the Iowa women's basketball team to 78-59 win over Northwestern on Thursday.
Led by 17 points from Megan Gustafson and 14 from Ally Disterhoft, seven Hawkeyes scored at least seven points as Iowa methodically pulled away from the Wildcats at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
"I thought this was a really good, controlled victory for us,'' coach Lisa Bluder said. "I thought we had a ton of contributions from a lot of different sources. Great balance. We won every quarter. I feel good about the effort we got from out team.''
The Hawkeyes (16-10, 7-6 Big Ten) helped themselves to a 16-12 advantage after one quarter and built a 41-29 lead by halftime.
Iowa seized control by out-rebounding the Wildcats 20-7 in the game's first 14 minutes, leading to a 51-37 advantage for the game led by 11 rebounds from Chase Coley.
Making her first start of the season, Coley finished with nine points and grabbed led Iowa with four offensive boards.
"We've kind of been on her all year about rebounding and she came through,'' Bluder said.
Coley started in place of recent starter Bre Cera, who along with Christina Buttenham sat out because of concussions.
Nia Coffey led Northwestern (17-9, 6-7) with 21 points, limiting the preseason all-Big Ten pick to 8-of-21 shooting.
"We didn't want her to get to the rim. We didn't want her to get offensive rebounds. We didn't want her to get those post-up shots,'' Bluder said. "We wanted her to take hard twos, contested outside jumpers. That was our goal.''