IOWA CITY — Megan Gustafson collected a career-high 37 points Saturday, but it wasn’t enough for the 18th-rated Iowa women’s basketball team.

Purdue overcame the most productive game of Gustafson’s career with a dominating defensive effort that helped the Boilermakers to a 76-70 win in front of a crowd of 7,477 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Starting guards Alexis Sevillian and Kathleen Doyle were a combined 5 of 28 from the field, including a 2 of 15 game from 3-point range that proved problematic after Purdue pushed ahead to stay four minutes into the third quarter.

“Megan played great, but she can’t do it alone,’’ Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “There were times when it looked like our other players were waiting around, wanting to let her do it all. It can’t work that way.’’

Purdue’s hope was to limit Gustafson’s touches, but after watching her hit 17 of 23 shots Boilermakers coach Sharon Versyp conceded that was one of few things her team didn’t accomplish while earning its first win at Iowa since 2008.

“She got everything she wanted down low, but we didn’t give up anything outside and that gave us a chance,’’ Versyp said.

The Hawkeyes, down 67-60 with just over 4 minutes left after Andreona Keys and Dominique Oden knocked down three-point baskets, used a pair of baskets by Gustafson to pull within 67-65 on a turnaround jumper by Chase Coley with 2:36 remaining.

Two turnovers and two missed three-point attempts by Sevillian during the stretch denied Iowa (15-3, 3-2) a chance to cut deeper into the Purdue lead.

“Our thoughts then are always on the next play, next play, but our focus wasn’t always there on defense,’’ Coley said. “We had a few lapses in communication, a few lapses on the court, and those proved costly.’’

Bluder said defensive lapses as Purdue (12-7, 3-2) outscored Iowa 46-33 in the second and third quarters proved costly.

“We scored enough points to win. Defensively, we just didn’t get it done,’’ Bluder said. “Keys, we didn’t have an answer for her.’’

Gustasfson finished with her 17th double-double of the season, grabbing 14 rebounds to go along with a 37-point performance that was two points better than her previous career best of 35 set against Western Kentucky in the second game of the season.

Purdue 76, Iowa 70

PURDUE (12-7) — Harris 2-6 0-0 4, Farquhar 0-6 0-0 0, Keys 13-19 4-4 34, McLaughlin 4-10 4-4 15, Oden 7-10 0-0 16, Kiesler 3-3 1-2 7, Gray 0-3 0-0 0, Totals 29-57 9-10 76.

IOWA (15-3) — Coley 5-10 0-0 10, Gustafson 17-23 3-3 37, Mohns 1-1 0-0 2, Doyle 2-15 2-3 7, Sevillian 3-13 0-0 7, Ollinger 1-1 0-0 3, Stewart 2-4 0-0 4, Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 31-67 5-6 70.

Purdue 11 21 25 19 — 76

Iowa 16 16 17 21 — 70

3-point goals—Purdue 9-17 (Harris 0-1, Keys 4-5, McLaughlin 3-7, Oden 2-4), Iowa 3-16 (Doyle 1-6, Sevillian 1-9, Ollinger 1-1). Assists—Purdue 12 (Oden 4), Iowa 23 (Doyle 10). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Purdue 27 (Harris 7), Iowa 39 (Gustafson 14). Total Fouls—Purdue 16, Iowa 12. A—7,477.

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