CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Iowa dealt first with a scare Sunday, then took care of Northern Iowa.
Guard Tania Davis suffered a leg injury early in the second quarter of the 25th-ranked Hawkeyes' 71-47 rout of the Panthers, preceding a dominant second-half effort at the McLeod Center which led Iowa to its 11th win in 12 games.
Davis, who underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in February, fell hard to the court following a collision as she drove the left side of the lane.
She was helped off the court, putting no pressure on her left leg.
Davis did not return to the game but did return to the Iowa bench in the second half, sitting with ice wrapped around her left knee.
"The sight of Tania going down, I think that threw off a bit. We were all pretty wigged out about that,'' Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said during her postgame radio interview.
The severity of the injury won't be determined until Davis is examined by team doctors in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes pulled away from a 28-24 halftime lead by outscoring the Panthers 22-12 in the third quarter, denying UNI the chance to cut into deficits late in the quarter as it had during the first half.
Northern Iowa trailed by eight points in the opening quarter and was down by 10 twice in the second quarter before clawing its way back into the game, helped by a 4-of-8 touch from three-point range.
"We let them creep back in it in both the first and second quarters, but I felt we came out in the second half and played a complete game,'' Bluder said. "We played well defensively and we got the ball to Megan (Gustafson) a lot.''
In the third quarter, five Hawkeyes collected Iowa's first seven baskets during a 14-4 run which opened the half.
The Hawkeyes knocked down 10 of the 15 shots they took in the quarter, repeatedly pounded the ball inside to Gustafson.
The junior recorded her 11th double-double of the season, connecting on 11-of-15 shots as part of a 26-point effort that was complemented by 10 rebounds.
Alexis Sevillian was the only other Iowa player to reach double digits, finishing 11 points that included 3-of-3 shooting from three-point range in extended minutes after Davis went down.
Held to 28.6-percent shooting for the game, Kennedy Kirkpatrick and Megan Maahs led UNI (3-7) with 12 points apiece.
Karli Rucker, a freshman guard from North Scott, made her second career start for the Panthers and finished with four points and two assists.
Iowa State 89, Cal-Riverside 66
AMES, Iowa -- Newcomers Madison Wise, Bride Kennedy-Hopoate and Rae Johnson combined for 48 points Sunday, leading the Iowa State women's basketball team to an 89-66 win over Cal-Riverside at Hilton Coliseum.
Johnson helped ISU extend a 43-32 halftime advantage, scoring eight points and dishing out four of her nine assists in the third quarter to help the Cyclones (5-5) open a 65-50 lead.
Bridget Carleton had her first double-double of the season for Iowa State, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds.