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IOWA CITY — When the first 3-point try hit nothing but net, Makenzie Meyer felt good.

When the second one dropped, the entire Iowa women’s basketball team felt great.

“For a while, it seemed like it was literally raining 3s,’’ Iowa center Megan Gustafson said. “It’s always a good thing when the 3s are dropping.’’

The Hawkeyes collected six of their seven baskets from behind the arc in the first half, opening things up inside for Gustafson in the third quarter and adding up to a 92-84 win Sunday over Minnesota (17-6, 6-5) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Meyer knocked down two 3-pointers and Kathleen Doyle added a third in the game’s first three minutes, allowing Iowa to jump to a 13-2 advantage the Golden Gophers couldn’t catch.

“It really boosted my confidence there at the beginning of the game. It’s always good to get that first one or two to drop, especially after struggling a bit at Michigan State,’’ Meyer said. “Once I was able to break that barrier on the lid, it kind of boosted my confidence.’’

Senior Chase Coley said Iowa found early success from what it learned in a five-point loss at Minnesota two weeks earlier, including a more dedicated approach on the boards.

The Hawkeyes (18-6, 6-5) maintained a 48-33 lead at the half despite foul troubles that kept Gustafson and Doyle on the bench for the final 4 minutes, 31 seconds of the first half.

“We stuck to what was working for us, … picking apart their zone by putting the ball in the hands of our shooters and continuing to feed them,’’ said Coley, who scored 12 of her 17 points in the first half.

Gustafson took over from there, scoring 12 straight points for the Hawkeyes in the third quarter to help Iowa carry a 68-57 advantage into the final quarter.

The Iowa junior had just five points in the first half, but finished with 25 to go with 15 rebounds. The double-double was the 49th of Gustafson’s career, passing the 48 Kevin Kunnert had between 1971-73 as the most ever by a Hawkeye player, male or female.

All five Hawkeye starters finished in double figures and six of the eight players who took the court contributed to the 20 assists Iowa recorded on 29 baskets.

“That’s team basketball and that’s when we are at our best,’’ Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said.

Iowa 92, Minnesota 84

MINNESOTA (17-6) — Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, Bell 13-27 8-13 35, Hubbard 5-10 0-0 10, Pitts 2-6 0-0 5, Wagner 8-17 1-2 20, Bello 2-4 3-4 7, Fernstrom 1-3 2-2 4, Lamke 0-1 0-0 0, Brunson 1-1 0-0 3, Totals 32-69 14-21 84.

IOWA (18-6) — Coley 6-10 5-5 17, Gustafson 7-16 11-14 25, Doyle 4-14 1-3 10, Meyer 4-10 4-4 16, Sevillian 4-7 1-1 11, Mohns 1-2 2-2 4, Ollinger 2-3 1-2 5, Stewart 1-5 2-2 4, Totals 29-67 27-33 92.

Minnesota 19 14 24 27 — 84

Iowa 24 24 20 24 — 92

3-point goals—Minnesota 6-12 (Bell 1-2, Hubbard 0-1, Pitts 1-3, Wagner 3-5, Brunson 1-1), Iowa 7-15 (Doyle 1-3, Meyer 4-9, Sevillian 2-3). Assists—Minnesota 3 (Bell 2), Iowa 20 (Doyle 8). Fouled out—Minnesota Edwards, Bell, Fernstrom, Rebounds—Minnesota 42 (Bello 12), Iowa 41 (Gustafson 15). Total fouls—Minnesota 29, Iowa 15. Technical fouls—none. A—6,561.

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