(AP) In a tournament filled with close calls and upsets, few would have been surprised if 11th-seeded Marist scared or even beat Iowa on its home floor. The only thing stunning on Sunday night was how well the Hawkeyes shot the ball.
Theairra Taylor scored 22 points, Bethany Doolittle added 21 and Iowa blew out Marist 87-65 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Samantha Logic had 11 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the sixth-seeded Hawkeyes (27-8), who will face third-seeded Louisville on Tuesday for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.
“I thought they relaxed and had fun out there. Enjoyed playing on their home court. Enjoyed executing. We shot the ball well,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “We just had so many weapons.”