WBB Notebook: vs. Minnesota

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team hosts Minnesota on Wednesday, Jan. 6 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. (CT).

WATCH/FOLLOW ALONG

  • The game will be streamed live on BTN Plus. To see if your cable package gives you access to BTN Plus content, sign up for BTN Plus, or learn more about it, visit btnplus.com.
  • Live stats are available on the women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.

AUDIO COVERAGE

  • Rob Brooks will call the action on the Hawkeye Radio Network. A link to the broadcast is available on the women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
  • Brooks is in his fifth year as the play-by-play announcer for the Iowa women’s basketball team. He has been Iowa football’s sideline reporter since 2004. He has called seven different Iowa sports on radio or television.

FAN INFORMATION

  • Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, there will be no men’s and women’s basketball general admission single game or season ticket sales to home games at this time.
  • Visit hawkeyesports.com/fancutouts to purchase fan cutout(s) for all winter sports in Carver-Hawkeye Arena; 20 percent of the revenue will benefit UI Dance Marathon, with the remainder of the profits supporting the UI student-athletes’ scholarship fund.
  • Programs, posters, and magnets will not be printed this season.

HOME IS WHERE THE TIGERHAWK IS

  • Iowa has won 41 consecutive games on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including a 15-0 mark last season.
  • The last loss for the Hawkeyes at home was a 92-74 defeat against Nebraska on Jan. 28, 2018.
  • The Hawkeyes went undefeated on their home court in the regular season for the first time since 2014-15 (18-0) during the 2018-19 season and continued the feat in 2019-20.
  • Baylor is leading the country with 61-consecutive wins on their home court.

B1G IN THE RANKS

  • Six Big Ten teams are ranked on the AP Poll, including No. 12 Maryland, No. 15 Michigan, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 19 Indiana, No. 22 Northwestern, and No. 23 Michigan State. Iowa is receiving 18 votes.
  • The conference is represented by five schools on the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll, including No. 12 Maryland, No. 14 Michigan, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 18 Indiana, No. 23 Northwestern, and No. 24 Michigan State. Iowa is receiving 37 votes.

SCOUTING MINNESOTA

  • Illinois is 2-4 on the season and 1-3 in conference play, winning most recently against Wisconsin, 88-83 in overtime.
  • Jasmine Powell is leading the Gophers with 16.2 points per game, while Kadiatou Sissoko and Gadiva Hubbard follow with 13.7 and 12..8 points per game, respectively.
  • Sissoko pulls in 7.3 rebounds per game and Alexia Smith averages 5.2 rebounds.
  • Powell averages 1.5 steals per game and Hubbard averages 1.3 steals.
  • As a team, Minnesota is ranked third in the conference in fewest fouls (102).

THE SERIES

  • Iowa leads the all-time series, 53-27, winning the last 10 matchups in Iowa City.
  • Last season, the two teams met twice. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Hawkeyes won, 76-75, and at home, Iowa won 90-82.
  • Junior Monika Czinano averaged 22.5 points and five rebounds per game, and sophomore McKenna Warnock averaged 10 points and 5.5 rebounds against the Gophers.

HAWKS ON THE SEASON

  • Iowa is 7-1 on the season and 3-1 in conference play with its most recent win over Illinois, 107-68, and only loss to Michigan State, 82-86.
  • Freshman Caitlin Clark leads the Hawkeyes, averaging 26.4 points. Junior Monika Czinano and sophomore McKenna Warnock follow, averaging 19.4 and 15.0 points per game, respectively.
  • Warnock leads the Hawkeyes in rebounds, averaging 8.6 per game, while Clark, Czinano, and redshirt sophomore Kate Martin follow with 6.6, 4.8, and  per game, respectively.
  • Sophomore Gabbie Marshall is leading Iowa with 18 steals and Clark follows with 17 steals on the season. Against Western Illinois (Dec. 22), Marshall recorded six steals — the most from a Hawkeye this season.
  • Clark recorded her first collegiate triple-double against Western Illinois, tallying 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. Clark is the first Hawkeye to reach the accomplishment since Sam Logic against Baylor (March 27, 2015) and marks the 10th triple-double in program history, which tied the second-most in the NCAA.
  • Sophomore McKenna Warnock recorded her third career double-double, tallying 14 points and 13 rebounds in Iowa’s win over Northern Iowa. Clark accomplished her first career double-double against in-state opponent, Drake, with 30 points and 13 assists.

RANKING B1G INDIVIDUALS

  • Freshman Caitlin Clark is leading the Big Ten in eight statistical categories, including total assists (52), assists per game (6.5), field goal attempts (154), field goals made (70), total points (211), points per game (26.4), 3-pointers attempted (69), and triple-doubles (1).
  • Clark also ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made (22), 3-pointers per game (3.12), ranks third in free throws made (46), and fifth in free-throw attempts (54).
  • Clark is one of five Division I women’s basketball players to register a triple-double this season. Indiana’s Grace Berger and Rutgers’ Arella Guirantes also posted triple-doubles this season.
  • Monika Czinano leads the conference in field-goal percentage (68.8), ranks second in field goals made (64) and ranks fourth in total points (155).
  • Sophomore McKenna Warnock ranks third in 3-pointers per game (2.43), fourth in rebounds per game (8.6), and fifth in 3-pointers made (17).
  • Sophomore Gabbie Marshall ranks fifth in the conference in steals (18).

NATIONALLY SPEAKING

  • As a team, the Hawkeyes are ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 92.1 points per game and fifth in field goal percentage (.512).
  • Iowa ranks 10th in assists per game (19.6) and 15th in total assists (157).
  • The Hawkeyes rank in the top-25 among the NCAA in four additional categories, including 14th in free-throw percentage (.792), 19th in 3-pointers per game (9.2), and 21st in free-throws made (137) and 3-point percentage (.389).

YOU SERIOUS, CLARK?

  • Caitlin Clark recorded her first collegiate triple-double against Western Illinois, tallying 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. Clark is the first Hawkeye to reach the accomplishment since Sam Logic against Baylor (March 27, 2015) and marks the tenth triple-double in program history, which tied the second-most in the NCAA.
  • Clark was the first Big Ten freshman to be named the ESPN National Player of the Week on Dec. 14.
  • The NCAA has named Clark to the NCAA Starting five — a list of the top five women’s basketball players for the week — twice,
  • Clark is ranked third in the nation in points per game (27.1) and total points (190), ranks sixth in total assists (48), seventh in assists per game (6.9), ranks ninth in field-goal attempts (138), and 10th in 3-pointers attempted (63).
  • In the conference, Clark is leading eight statistical categories, including total assists (48), assists per game (6.9), field goal attempts (138), field goals made (63), total points (190), points per game (27.1), 3-pointers attempted (63), and triple-doubles (1).
  • Clark is the only freshman since 2015-16 to put up 30 points and have at least 10 assists in a single game. At Drake, Clark tallied 30 points and 13 assists.
  • Clark’s 13 assists against Drake (Dec. 2) are the most from a Big Ten Freshman since Maryland’s Destiny Slocum had 13 against Illinois on February 9, 2017.

THEY’RE KIND OF A B1G DEAL

  • Sophomore McKenna Warnock earned her second Big Ten honor of her career, the conference announced on Jan. 4. Her first was a Freshman of the Week honor, on Jan. 27, 2020.
  • Freshman Caitlin Clark has been named Freshman of the Week five times this season — the most recent wa announced on Jan. 4. Clark has been awarded the Freshman honor every week that the Hawkeyes have had a contest.
  • Clark averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds, five assists, and 1.5 steals in a pair of Big Ten matchups against Rutgers and Illinois. In Iowa’s win over Rutgers, 90-84, Clark scored 12 of the Hawkeyes’ final 21 points. She followed up her Rutgers performance by scoring 21 points in 26 minutes of play at Illinois.
  • Warnock played solid games against Rutgers and Illinois, averaging 18 points, eight rebounds, and two assists. From the field, she shot 72.2 percent and from 3-point range, she shot 69.2. The Marshall, Wisconsin, native recorded a career-high five 3-pointers against the Scarlet Knights, knocking down four in the first quarter.
  • Clark swept the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player and Freshman of the Week awards for the third time onDec. 28.
  • Clark is the second Big Ten freshman to win both awards, three times, in a season. The first to accomplish the milestone was Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui during the 2013-14 season.
  • Clark has earned at least one weekly honor in four-of-five weeks of the season, only missing week four due to Iowa’s only game being postponed due to COVID-19.

RECORD WATCH

  • The Hawkeyes (41) are five wins away from Iowa’s home win streak record (46).
  • Head coach Lisa Bluder is 18 wins away from the 800-career win mark.
  • Caitlin Clark is four 3-pointers away from breaking onto the Freshman Class Top-10 and tying McKenna Warnock for tenth on the list. Jaime Printy (2009-10) leads the Hawkeye freshmen with 82 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

Iowa makes the trip to Evanston, Illinois, to take on Northwestern on Saturday, Jan. 9 inside Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. (CT) and the game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.