No. 16 Iowa women defeat 14th-ranked Michigan 94-85 in Ann Arbor
Iowa improves to 4-1 in conference play
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 16 Iowa women’s basketball team defeated No. 14 Michigan, 94-85, on Saturday afternoon inside the Crisler Center. The Hawkeyes are now 4-1 in conference play. It was the first Big Ten women’s basketball game to have ever aired on FOX.
Four Hawkeyes finished in double digits, as All-American Caitlin Clark led the team with 28 points and eight assists. Monika Czinano was the second leading scorer, registering 19 points, a career-high eight assists, and five boards. McKenna Warnock went 4-for-6 from beyond the arc to finish with 14 points, and Kate Martin had 10 points.
Iowa had a slow start in the first. Freshman standout Hannah Stuelke drove in for an and-1 layup in the final minutes of the quarter to tie it up at 16. She ended with nine points and four rebounds. The Hawkeyes would trail by two heading into the second.
The Hawkeyes went on a 10-0 run in the second. The duo of Clark and Czinano, combined had 16 of the team’s 23 points in the quarter. With nine seconds left in the half, Clark swished a deep-range three to take a 41-39, lead into the locker room.
Iowa had a big third quarter, outscoring the Wolverines, 25-18. Martin recorded all her 10 points in the third, having back-to-back three-point plays. The Hawkeyes went into the fourth with a nine-point lead.
Five players contributed to the stat sheet in the fourth, as the team went nine of 11 from the field. Michigan would come within seven, but Gabbie Marshall had a clutch three with a minute left to regain a 10-point lead. Molly Davis dished out three of her four assists in the fourth, as well as two free throws in the final seconds of the game to help the Hawkeyes come away with their first win inside the Crisler Center since the 2013-14 season.
- No. 16/12 Iowa dropped No. 14/19 Michigan, 94-85, inside the Crisler Center on Saturday afternoon.
- All-American Caitlin Clark scored 20 or more points for the 15th time this season.
- Clark extended her streak of scoring in double figures an astounding 68 games, which is a NCAA Division I best.
- Clark has netted a 3-point basket in 35 straight games. She has hit at least one 3-pointer in 76 career games.
- Clark registered her 100th made free throw of the season.
- McKenna Warnock is 13 of 18 from 3-point range over the last four games.
- Kate Martin netted her 600th career point.
- Iowa picked up its second AP Top 15 victory of the season.
- Iowa is 2-2 against AP Top 15 teams this season.
- It was the most points Michigan has given up all year.
- It was Michigan’s fourth largest crowd in women’s basketball history.
- Iowa snapped a six-game losing skid at Crisler arena.
QUOTING P. SUE BECKWITH, MD, HEAD COACH LISA BLUDER
“I thought our team was very mature out there today. They kept their composure, and they shot well. Michigan plays very good defense and in the first five minutes, we had quite a few turnovers. Then we settled down and did a great job of finding good shots and shot the ball well from the free throw line. I’m happy for Molly (Davis) to come home as a Michigan girl, and be able to have such a good game for us. I don’t want to single out any person because I thought they all played very, very well.”
Make sure to follow Iowa women’s basketball on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@IowaWBB) for news and updates all season long.
The nationally ranked Hawkeyes are set to host Northwestern on Jan. 11. Tip-off in Iowa City is set for 6:31 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Mediacom Court. The game will broadcast on BTN+ (subscription required) and the Hawkeye Radio Network.