Lowa Women’s Basketball : Caitlin Clark Leads Iowa to Convincing Win Over Northwestern
The Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball team showed why they are currently ranked #2 in the nation with a dominant 110-74 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats. Led by sophomore sensation Caitlin Clark, the Hawkeyes put on an offensive clinic at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
The Iowa women’s basketball program, representing the University of Iowa, competes in the Big Ten Conference within the NCAA Division I. Under head coach Lisa Bluder, the Hawkeyes have ascended to the upper echelon of women’s college basketball.
They captured back-to-back conference regular season titles in 2019 and 2020. This season, Iowa sits atop the Big Ten once again with a flawless 13-0 record against conference foes.
Their success behind the leadership of Bluder and the stellar play of Caitlin Clark has captured the attention of the college basketball world. Iowa games frequently air on the Big Ten Network as well as ESPN channels.
The atmosphere at Carver-Hawkeye Arena provides an electric home court advantage. Fans packing the 15,000 seat arena make it one of the toughest places to play in the country.
Caitlin Clark’s Talent Takes Center Stage
The Iowa-Northwestern game provided another opportunity for the nation to witness the incredible talent of Caitlin Clark. Just a sophomore, Clark plays with the poise and skill of a seasoned veteran. She currently leads the NCAA in points per game at 27.5 while also ranking in the top five nationally for assists per game.
Clark wasted no time imposing her will against the Wildcats. She scored Iowa’s first 9 points as the Hawkeyes raced out to an early 13-2 advantage. Although Northwestern closed to within 28-23 at one point in the 2nd quarter, an 11-0 Iowa run spearheaded by Clark broke the game open. She scored 16 first half points while distributing 6 assists as Iowa took a 57-36 lead into the locker room.
After the break, the Iowa offense continued to overwhelm Northwestern. Five minutes into the 3rd quarter, the Hawkeyes’ lead ballooned to 30 points. From there, the only drama left was watching Clark pursue another triple-double. She finished with 35 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists – showcasing her versatile arsenal of offensive skills in the process.
Supporting Cast Steps Up
While Clark deservedly garners the headlines, Iowa’s success goes deeper than one player. Against Northwestern, Monika Czinano was the beneficiary of many Clark assists, finishing the game with 28 points on 12-15 shooting from the field.
Czinano leads the NCAA in field goal percentage, an impressive feat for the 6’3″ center. Four other Hawkeyes scored in double-figures as the team shot over 57% for the contest.
Iowa also overwhelmed Northwestern in the rebounding category, pulling down 20 more boards than the Wildcats. Freshman Hannah Stuelke recorded 13 rebounds and has been a revelation, giving Coach Bluder meaningful minutes in the frontcourt. Depth and balance allow the Hawkeyes to suffocate teams for four quarters.
The Road Ahead
Iowa now sits at 18-4 overall and a flawless 11-0 in home games. Two of those road losses came in overtime heartbreakers to top-15 opponents NC State and UCONN. This Hawkeyes squad has proven they can compete with anyone in the country.
The final stretch of Big Ten play will test Iowa’s resolve. Upcoming road matchups at #6 Indiana and #8 Maryland will go a long way in determining if Iowa can capture their 3rd straight Big Ten regular season title.
But riding the stellar play of Caitlin Clark and a roster loaded with offensive firepower, this Iowa team believes a deep NCAA tournament run is within reach. For now, Coach Bluder, Clark and the Hawkeyes will take their #2 national ranking one game at a time.
Iowa women’s basketball Wikipedia
- The Wikipedia page provides background on the team’s history, records, key players and coaches, conference affiliations, championships won, and more over the years.
Iowa women’s basketball tickets
- Tickets can be purchased on the official Iowa Hawkeyes athletics website, as well as secondary ticket sites like StubHub and VividSeats. Prices range from around $15 for single games to over $900 for VIP season ticket packages.
What channel is Iowa women’s basketball on today?
- Today’s Iowa women’s basketball game is being televised on the Big Ten Network as they take on #6 Indiana at 6PM CT. Check local listings for channel availability.
Iowa women’s basketball schedule
- The remainder of the regular season schedule sees Iowa facing #6 Indiana, Wisconsin, Penn State, #8 Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue, and Northwestern before the Big Ten Women’s Tournament from March 1-5.
Iowa women’s basketball today live
- Fans can stream today’s 6PM CT Iowa women’s basketball game vs #6 Indiana live online via the Fox Sports app and website, as well as through other providers like YouTube TV, Sling TV (with sports addon), and more depending on your market.
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