FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Alexis Sevillian scored a career-high 21 points and Megan Gustafson had 20 to go with 14 rebounds as the Iowa women's basketball team remained unbeaten with a 74-61 win Saturday over Elon in the Puerto Rico Classic.
Now 7-0, the Hawkeyes never trailed as they matched their best start since 2010 by recording 25 assists on 31 baskets and holding Elon (5-1) to 30.3-percent shooting.
Sevillian knocked down 5-of-6 shots from 3-point range and collected 11 of her points in the first half as Iowa built a 33-23 advantage by the break.
Elon (5-1) pulled within six points on three occasions in the second half, but Iowa answered with a pair of jumpers by Gustafson, who recorded her seventh double-double, and a basket by Chase Coley.
Hannah Stewart came off the bench to record a career-high nine rebounds and four blocks in the win for the Hawkeyes, who host 13th-rated Florida State in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Central Michigan 81, Iowa State 60: The Cyclones started fast in the Junkanoo Jam Bimini Division title game, but ultimately Central Michigan proved to be too much, handing Iowa State a 21-point loss.
Iowa State (3-2) built a nine-point advantage in the first four minutes of the game but couldn't keep up the pace as the Chippewas had erased the deficit and built a four-point lead of their own before the first quarter ended.
Bridget Carleton scored 19 points and Emily Durr contributed 12 points and four assists in a losing effort. Kristin Scott added eight points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Illinois 68, Wichita State 67: Ali Andrews hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to pull in front by one and Illinois weathered two Wichita State chances to retake the lead as the Illini eked out a victory over the Shockers.
Illinois had a chance to build its lead when Jaelyn Kirkpatrick pulled down a Wichita State miss with 18 seconds left, but after getting fouled, Kirkpatrick missed both free throws to keep it a one-point game.
Wichita State's Jeliah Preston had a shot to win with four seconds left, but Kirkpatrick again corralled the rebound to secure the victory.
Andrews led the way for the Illini with 26 points on 9-11 shooting, including 6-8 on 3s. Brandi Beasley added 15 points and four assists.
Northern Iowa 55, Wyoming 40: Mikaela Morgan scored 15 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, as the Panthers pulled away over the final period to grab a victory over Wyoming.
UNI held a precarious five-point edge heading into the final quarter, and Wyoming cut the lead to three before scoring 12-unanswered points, including nine on a trio of 3-pointers by Morgan, iced the victory for the Panthers.
North Scott grad Karli Rucker scored six points and grabbed three rebounds for Northern Iowa.