No. 2 seed Iowa women will play Friday in Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal
Iowa will face winner of Thursday's game between Northwestern and Minnesota
INDIANAPOLIS – No. 12/18 University of Iowa women’s basketball (2 seed) heads to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the 2022 Big Ten Tournament on Friday, March 4 to take on the winner of the Northwestern (7 seed) versus Minnesota (10 seed) game. Tipoff Friday is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT) on B1G Network.
If the Hawkeyes play the Wildcats, the matchup will mark the 77th meeting between the two teams. The Hawkeyes lead the series 58-18 and have won 12 of the last 16 matchups. The two teams split a pair of games this season, each winning on the road and losing at home.
If the Hawkeyes play the Gophers, the matchup will mark the 85th meeting between the two teams. The Hawkeyes lead the series 57-27, winning the last seven matchups. Earlier this season, Iowa defeated Minnesota, 105-49, at Williams arena holding the Gophers to their lowest score against a Big Ten opponent in program history and recording the largest margin of victory over a Big Ten opponent by the Hawkeyes in program history. In the two team’s second meeting at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa won, 88-78, with seven available athletes on the roster.
ON THE AIR
Radio: Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Rob Brooks (play-by-play) and Jamie Cavey Lang (color) call the action. Brooks is in his sixth year as the play-by-play announcer for the Iowa women’s basketball team. He has been Iowa football’s sideline reporter since 2004. Brooks has called seven different Iowa sports on radio or television. Lang is in her sixth year as Iowa’s color commentator. She lettered at Iowa from 2002-05. Lang finished her Hawkeye career with 1,265 points and 506 rebounds. She was a two-time All-Big Ten selection.
TV: Friday’s contest will air live on B1G Network. Sloane Martin (play-by-play) and Christy Winters Scott (color) are on the call, while Meghan McKeown will report from the sidelines.
PROGRAM QUICK HITS
- The Iowa Hawkeyes finished the regular season 20-7 overall and 14-4 in Big Ten play, clenching a share of the Big Ten Regular Season title — Ohio State shares the title. It is the Hawkeyes’ 13th Big Ten Championship (10 regular, 3 tournament) in program history and first regular season title since 2008.
- Iowa is ranked 12th in the latest AP Poll, 14th in the NCAA Final Top-16 Reveal and 18th in the USA TODAY Sports/WBCA Coaches Poll.
- Iowa defeated 15 of its 27 opponents during the regular season by double figures, including 11 20-plus point wins (six in Big Ten play).
- The Hawkeyes lead the country in field-goal percentage (.505) and free-throw percentage (.846) and ranks in the top-25 in seven additional categories, including second in scoring offense (85.4), third in assists per game (19.4), fifth in total assists (524), 11th in assist turnover ratio (1.28), 12th in free throws made (417), 16th in defensive rebounds per game (29.4) and 23rd in scoring margin (13.8).
- Sophomore Caitlin Clark leads the country in total assists (225), total points (743), assists per game (8.3), points per game (27.5), free throws made (174) and triple doubles (5) and has tallied 10 30-plus point games this season, tallying the most 30-point games in Division I women’s basketball this season.
- Sophomore Caitlin Clark was named Big Ten Player of the Year and earned unanimous first team All-Big Ten honors (coaches and media). Senior Monika Czinano earned first team all-Big Ten honors (coaches and media) — her third Big Ten postseason honors — and junior McKenna Warnock earned second team All-Big Ten honors by the media and was selected as an honor roll honoree by the coaches.
- P. Sue Beckwith, MD, Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder registered her 800th win this season and is one of five active Division I women’s head coaches to accomplish the feat in their career. She is in her 38th season as a head coach and 22nd at Iowa.
- Bluder owns a 459-241 (.656) record and a 232-139 (.625) conference mark at Iowa. In her 38 seasons as a head coach, Bluder is 815-383 (.680).
SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN (7 seed)
- If the Hawkeyes play the Wildcats, the matchup will mark the 77th meeting between the two teams. The Hawkeyes lead the series 58-18 and have won 12 of the last 16 matchups. The two teams split a pair of games this season, each winning on the road and losing at home.
- Northwestern is 16-11 overall and finished the regular season 8-8 in Big Ten play.
- Senior guard Veronica Burton leads the Wildcats, averaging 17.5 points per game.
- Burton has tallied 111 steals in 27 games (4.1 per game) and averaged 6.5 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game. She leads the nation in total steals and steals per game, and ranks fifth in assist turnover ratio (2.97), sixth in assists per game, seventh in total assists (175) and free throws made (150).
- Senior forward Courtney Shaw ranks fourth nationally in offensive rebounds per game (4.6).
- As a team, the Wildcats rank 16th in blocked shots per game (5.0) and 17th in overall blocked shots on the season (136), led by freshman forward Caileigh Walsh with 40 blocked shots in 26 games.
- Head coach Joe McKeown is in his 14th season at the helm of the Northwestern women’s basketball program. He currently ranks fourth among active Big Ten coaches in total wins. Additionally, McKeown has guided the Wildcats to eight winning seasons, shattering the win total in his first 13 years with the program (208).
SCOUTING MINNESOTA (10 seed)
- If the Hawkeyes play the Gophers, the matchup will mark the 85th meeting between the two teams. The Hawkeyes lead the series 57-27, winning the last seven matchups.
- Earlier this season, Iowa defeated Minnesota, 105-49, at Williams arena holding the Gophers to their lowest score against a Big Ten opponent in program history and recording the largest margin of victory over a Big Ten opponent by the Hawkeyes in program history. In the two team’s second meeting at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa won, 88-78, with seven available athletes on the roster.
- Minnesota is 14-16 overall and finished the regular season 7-11 in Big Ten play.
- Three Gophers average double-figure scoring, including junior guard Sara Scalia (17.8), redshirt-senior guard Deja Winters (11.6) and redshirt junior forward Kadiatou Sissoko (10.4).
- The Gophers rank fifth in 3-point percentage (.382), 11th in the country in 3-pointers made (255) and 21st in 3-pointers per game (8.5) with Scalia ranking second nationally in 3-pointers made (101), fourth in 3-pointers per game (3.37) and 15th in 3-point percentage (.426).
- Head coach Lindsay Whalen is in her fourth season at the helm of the Minnesota women’s basketball program. Whalen has led the team to a 47-42 mark (.528) with a trip to the WNIT in 2018-19. In addition, she has coached one WNBA draft pick, one All-American, nine All-Big Ten honorees, two members of the Big Ten All-Freshman team, one Big Ten All-Defensive Team player and 18 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.