AMES (AP) — Iowa coach Lisa Bluder and Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly have been rivals for nearly two decades.

Bluder finally got the best of Fennelly on his home floor on Wednesday night — and fittingly, it was an Iowa-born player who led the way.

Mason City’s Makenzie Meyer scored 18 points and Iowa hung on to beat Iowa State 61-55 on Wednesday, its first win at Hilton Coliseum in 28 years.

Megan Gustafson added 16 points with 14 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (9-1), who became just the second road team to win in 17 tries in this series.

“We’re very excited about this win. It’s been a long time since we won here,” said Bluder, now in her 18th season with the Hawkeyes. “We didn’t play our best game...but a lot of that was Iowa State’s defense.”

The Cyclones’ defense was committed to mainly stopping Gustafson, who entered play averaging 22.3 points and 12.7 rebounds a game, by double-teaming her on nearly every possession.

But Meyer made them pay, hitting 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.

“It opened things up around the perimeter a lot,” Meyer said. “As an Iowan, it’s really big honor to win this game — especially at Hilton (Coliseum).”

Still, Iowa blew an 11-point lead as the Cyclones rallied to tie it at 38 late in the third quarter. But Gustafson converted a 3-point play to push Iowa’s lead back to 46-39, and Kathleen Doyle followed by crashing the boards for a putback. Meyer’s 3-point play made it 51-42 Hawkeyes with 6:14 left.

Iowa State pushed back again, pulling within 56-55 with 28 seconds left on four Bridget Carleton free throws. But the Cyclones missed three 3s that would have tied the game, and Gustafson clinched with four straight free throws.

“Basketball is a game of shooters and makers. We were shooting it but we weren’t making it,” said Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly, who is in his 23rd season in Ames.

Carleton had 17 points for Iowa State (3-5), but she was just 3 of 16 from the field. The Cyclones have lost four in a row — though the last three came down to the final minute.

“I think we got some good looks,” Carleton said. “Kind of the same thing that has happened the last couple of games.”

The Cyclones have lost to all three of their in-state rivals (Northern Iowa, Drake and Iowa) for the first time in 15 years.

Iowa hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday. Iowa State plays North Carolina Central on Sunday.

Iowa 61, Iowa St. 55

IOWA (9-1) — Coley 4-11 0-0 8, Gustafson 5-8 6-8 16, Davis 1-11 0-0 3, Doyle 2-7 0-0 4, Meyer 5-7 4-5 18, Mohns 0-0 0-0 0, Stewart 4-11 0-2 8, Sevillian 1-3 1-2 4, Totals 22-58 11-17 61.

IOWA ST. (3-5) — Camber 4-8 0-0 11, Kennedy-Hopoate 4-14 1-1 10, Wise 0-3 0-0 0, Carleton 3-16 11-12 17, Durr 2-6 0-0 5, Burkhall 1-4 0-0 2, Scott 1-3 0-0 2, Johnson 3-7 0-0 8, Totals 18-61 12-13 55.

Iowa 18 8 15 20 — 61

Iowa St. 16 3 19 17 — 55

3-point goals—Iowa 6-17 (Davis 1-7, Doyle 0-2, Meyer 4-6, Sevillian 1-2), Iowa St. 7-26 (Camber 3-4, Kennedy-Hopoate 1-7, Wise 0-1, Carleton 0-5, Durr 1-3, Scott 0-1, Johnson 2-5). Assists—Iowa 16 (Davis 5), Iowa St. 8 (Carleton 6). Fouled out—Iowa St. Carleton. Rebounds—Iowa 46 (Gustafson 14), Iowa St. 36 (Carleton 7). Total fouls—Iowa 13, Iowa St. 15. A—10,916.

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