Iowa star Megan Gustafson is used to drawing a lot of attention on the court. So Sunday was just business as usual.
Gustafson scored 24 of her 31 points in the second half, and No. 14 Iowa beat No. 7 Maryland 86-73 in Iowa City to move into a tie with the Terrapins atop the Big Ten.
"They were throwing extra bodies on me — that usually happens," Gustafson said. "When that happens, I'm able to figure out what else I can do to impact the game, whether that's getting my teammates open, being a decoy. I don't mind doing that at all."
Gustafson also had 17 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten), who have won 10 of 11. She went 10-for-18 from the floor and 11-for-12 at the free-throw line.
"We tried to throw everything at Megan," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "She's an All-American for a reason."
Iowa took control of a game that featured 17 lead changes when Alexis Sevillian hit a three-pointer to make it 75-69 with 2:31 left. The Hawkeyes then put it away at the line, making 27 of 29 foul shots in all.
Stephanie Jones had 21 points for Maryland (23-3, 12-3), which was hurt by a tough day for leading scorer Kaila Charles. She had two points on 1-of-13 shooting before fouling out.
Purdue 61, Northwestern 58: Karissa McLaughlin scored 28 points, including a three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left, as the host Boilermakers (17-11, 8-7) beat the Wildcats (15-11, 8-7). With a second left on the shot clock, McLaughlin took an inbounds pass, stepped back and hit her ninth three-pointer on 11 attempts. Abi Scheid's three-pointer rolled out at the buzzer for Northwestern.
Nebraska 82, No. 24 Michigan State 71: Hannah Whitish scored 16 points, including two critical late baskets, and the Cornhuskers (12-14, 7-8) handed the Spartans (17-8, 7-7) their second road loss in a row to an unranked opponent. Nebraska shot 12-for-24 from three-point range.
Ohio State 60, Wisconsin 68: Dorka Juhasz had 21 points and 15 rebounds and the host Buckeyes (12-12, 8-7) held off the Badgers (12-14, 3-11). Suzanne Gilreath (Fridley) had 19 points for Wisconsin, which couldn't get a final shot off after a missed Ohio State free throw with four seconds left.
Michigan 70, Illinois 56: Hallie Thome became the third player in program history to reach 2,000 career points and the Wolverines (18-9, 9-6) beat the host Illini (10-16, 2-13).
No. 20 Miami (Fla.) 79, No. 2 Louisville 73: Emese Hof scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half, including the tiebreaking layup with 1:27 to go, to help the Hurricanes (22-5, 10-2 ACC) rally against the host Cardinals (23-2, 10-2).
Miami earned its fourth consecutive victory, a streak that includes a 72-65 victory over then-No. 4 Notre Dame on Feb. 7. "After we beat Notre Dame at home, we were all happy and stuff, but we wanted more," Hof said.
Miami trailed by as many as 14 in the second quarter but rallied by shooting 66.7 percent from the floor in the second half to improve to 5-1 vs. ranked opponents this season.
Asia Durr scored 16 points on 5-for-17 shooting for Louisville.
No. 5 Mississippi State 92, No. 22 Texas A&M 64: Andra Espinoza-Hunter scored a career-high 24 points as the Bulldogs (23-2, 11-1) beat the host Aggies (19-6, 8-4), after a loss to Missouri on Thursday ended their 12-game winning streak.
Kansas State 69, No. 15 Texas 60: Peyton Williams had 13 points and 14 rebounds, and the Wildcats (16-10, 7-7 Big 12) rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit against the host Longhorns (20-6, 10-4).
No. 10 Stanford 69, Southern California 67: Alanna Smith made a layup with three seconds left to lift the Cardinal (21-4, 11-3 Pac-12) over the host Trojans (15-10, 5-9) after trailing most of the game.
No. 17 Kentucky 61, Arkansas 59: Rhyne Howard scored 18 points, including a tiebreaking pullup jumper with 1.3 seconds left, and the host Wildcats (21-5, 8-3 SEC) beat the Razorbacks (16-10, 5-7).