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IOWA CITY — It took a full order of “Beef” and a side of belief for the short-handed Iowa women’s basketball team to savor its first win of the season over a rated opponent.

The 23rd-rated Hawkeyes used a 12-3 run late in the fourth quarter to hold off 21st-ranked Michigan 82-72 on Sunday in front of a crowd of 6,928 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“To beat a team ranked ahead of us, a team that beat us last year, and to do it with the injuries we have and prove to ourselves we can do it, that’s so important,’’ coach Lisa Bluder said. “This is a big win for us.’’

Playing at home for the first time without injured starting guards Tania Davis and Makenzie Meyer, Megan Gustafson recorded her 14th double-double and Kathleen Doyle dished out nine assists in the win.

The pair also combined for 50 points, but Iowa also needed nine-point efforts from both Carly Mohns and Chase Coley to get past the Wolverines.

Mohns, whose childhood nickname “Beef’’ has stuck with her college teammates, knocked down all four shots she attempted and grabbed six rebounds in the win.

“I’m so happy for ‘Beef,’ she’s been through a lot, surgeries, and everything. She gave us what we needed,’’ Bluder said.

Mohns’ biggest shot came from 3-point range with 3 minutes, 39 seconds left in the third quarter, moving Iowa ahead to stay at 46-43 and fueling an 11-2 run that answered an 8-2 run by the Wolverines to open the quarter and erase the Hawkeyes’ 34-30 halftime lead.

“I was open and the shot was there, so I took it,’’ said Mohns, referencing her first 3-point attempt of the season. “We all need to step up and do what we can to help out.’’

Coley, scoring all nine of her points in the second half, helped Iowa answer after Michigan pulled within 64-62.

Her jumper with 3:13 remaining sparked a 12-3 run that included the final baskets of the game by Gustafson, who finished with 27 points to go with 11 rebounds and six blocks, and Doyle, who totaled 23 points.The Hawkeyes finished off the win with a 10 of 10 effort at the free-throw line over the final minute.

“This was a game where we had to keep working,’’ said Gustafson, who leads the nation with her 14 double-doubles through 15 games this season.

Iowa (14-1, 2-0) plays four of its next five games on the road, beginning with a 5 p.m. game Thursday at 15th-rated Maryland.

Iowa 82, Michigan 72

MICHIGAN (1-1, 12-3) — Brown 1-5 1-2 3, Dunston 3-6 0-0 6, Thome 3-7 1-1 7, Flaherty 8-19 4-6 24, Munger 3-4 0-0 8, Robbins 3-6 5-6 11, Church 4-13 2-2 11, Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Totals 26-62 13-17 72.

IOWA (2-0, 14-1) — Coley 3-4 3-6 9, Gustafson 8-9 11-11 27, Ollinger 0-4 0-0 0, Doyle 9-17 3-6 23, Sevillian 3-13 2-2 10, Mohns 4-4 0-0 9, Stewart 2-7 0-0 4, Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 29-58 19-25 82.

Michigan 14 16 17 25 — 72

Iowa 18 16 22 26 — 82

3-point goals—Michigan 7-20 (Brown 0-1, Flaherty 4-12, Munger 2-2, Church 1-4, Johnson 0-1), Iowa 5-20 (Ollinger 0-3, Doyle 2-6, Sevillian 2-10, Mohns 1-1). Assists—Michigan 9 (Dunston 4), Iowa 19 (Doyle 9). Fouled out—Michigan Dunston, Thome, Rebounds—Michigan 30 (Thome 7), Iowa 38 (Gustafson 11). Total fouls—Michigan 19, Iowa 13. A—6,928.

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