BIMINI, BAHAMAS – The Iowa women’s basketball team overcame a 24-point deficit to beat West Virginia in the opening round of the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas, and a former Mohawk scored big in the victory.
A poor second quarter by Iowa enabled No. 25/20 West Virginia to build a large double-digit lead in the contest with grew to as much as 24 points. Iowa chipped away at a 19-point halftime deficit and trailed by 14 points heading into halftime. Iowa outscored West Virginia 29-12 in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback. The win marks the biggest comeback for Iowa in the Bluder era.
Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures, including Megan Gustafson (28), former Mason City Mohawk Makenzie Meyer (20), Tania Davis (15), and Alexis Sevillian (13). Gustafson led the team with 16 rebounds. Tania Davis made a career-high 13 free throws. She was 13-for-14 from the free throw line. Meyer also has 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 turnovers.
“I’m so proud of these women,” head coach Lisa Bluder said after the game. “When you are down 24 points to a top-25 team and down 19 at half, and you come out and play with that much composure in the second half — I’m so proud they were able to handle that mentally.”
The Junkanoo Jam is an annual men’s and women’s D-I college basketball tournaments held in Bimini, Bahamas. Iowa plays Florida State Saturday.
Down as much as 24 and 19 at the half the Hawkeyes rallied back to beat West Virginia 84-81. Check out the highlights from the biggest comeback in the Coach Bluder era right here! #Hawkeyes #FightForIowa pic.twitter.com/6Yq7xpIiq0
— Iowa Women's BBall (@IowaWBB) November 24, 2018