By LUKE MEREDITH
AP Sports Writer
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Makenzie Meyer scored 18 points and Iowa hung on beat Iowa State 61-55 on Wednesday, its first win at Hilton Coliseum in 28 years.
Star Megan Gustafson added 16 with 14 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (9-1), who became just the second road team to win in 17 tries in this series.
The Cyclones were committed to 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.
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.
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.
THE BIG PICTURE
Iowa: Will this be enough to push the Hawkeyes into the Top 25? Iowa received 26 points last week, third among teams outside the poll. That's doubtful - but Iowa has enough talent to get there eventually this season.
Iowa State: The Cyclones have lost to all three of its in-state rivals (Northern Iowa, Drake and Iowa) for the first time in 15 years. Projecting a winning season is getting tougher and tougher for Iowa State.
Iowa hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.
Iowa State plays North Carolina Central on Sunday.
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