FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Megan Gustafson had her sixth straight double-double of the season Thursday to pace the Iowa women's basketball team past Charlotte in the second round of the Puerto Rico Open.
Gustafson recorded 23 points and grabbed 14 points as the Hawkeyes improved to 6-0, their best start since winning the first seven in 2010.
The junior center made 11 of 16 shots from the field and is shooting nearly 70 percent from the field for the season.
Iowa trailed 24-12 after the opening quarter, but outscored Charlotte 23-8 in the second to take a three-point halftime lead.
Makenzie Meyer had 17 points and seven assists while Tania Davis finished with 11 points and five helpers.
"It wasn't the prettiest game," Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said. "That is two games in a row we have come out with a slow start. Today was not being able to knock down 3s in the first quarter."
Iowa missed all six of its 3-point attempts in the first 10 minutes. It did finish the game 8 of 122 from beyond the arc.
The Hawkeyes finished the game with 26 assists on 32 field goals.
Iowa is off on Friday before playing Elon at 4 p.m. Saturday.
"Elon is the most difficult opponent we will have faced since Western Michigan, so we will have our work cut out for us," Bluder said. "We will get to watch that game (against Alabama today), so it will be nice to have a live scout on them."
Clemens makes school history
Muscatine graduate and Western Illinois senior point guard Emily Clemens became the first player in the program's history Wednesday night to eclipse 1,000 points, 500 assists and 200 steals for a career.
Clemens had 21 points, a career-high eight steals and six assists in the Leathernecks' 83-45 rout over Chicago State.
The reigning Summit League player of the year is averaging 16.3 points, 9.2 assists and 4.5 steals per game in Western Illinois' 5-1 start.