WBB Notebook: at Big Ten Tournament Championship

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team (6 seed) continues its Big Ten Tournament run on Saturday, March 13 as the Hawkeyes take on 1-seed Maryland. Tipoff is set 1 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU.


  • Saturday’s contest will be aired live on ESPN. Pam Ward (play-by-play), LaChina Robinson (analyst), and Christy Winters Scott (sideline).
  • Live stats are available on the women’s basketball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.


  • Rob Brooks and Jamie Cavey Lang 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.
  • Lang is in her fifth 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.


  • The Hawkeyes won their last Big Ten Championship in 2019 with a 90-76 advantage over the Maryland Terrapins.
  • Iowa heads to its sixth Big Ten Tournament championship game and second in three seasons. The Hawkeyes won their third Big Ten Tournament title in 2019 and second under Head Coach Lisa Bluder’s leadership.
  • In the Hawkeyes three games at the Big Ten Tournament, junior center Monika Czinano averaged 23.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, a block, and a steal.
  • Freshman guard Caitlin Clark has posted 22.7 points per game, 10 assists, and four rebounds. Clark has shot 19-of-21 from the free-throw line.
  • Sophomore guard Gabbie Marshall has recorded six steals, 42 points, and 38.1 percent from 3-point range.


  • The Hawkeyes evened their record in Big Ten Tournament semifinals at 6-6. Iowa won its second semifinal by double digits, along with an 87-53 victory over Indiana in 1997.
  • Iowa took a 40-30 series lead over Michigan State, including wins in five of the last seven meetings. The teams have also now split their four matchups at the Big Ten Tournament, with Friday’s game the first between the schools at the event since the 2010 semifinals, also won by the Hawkeyes, 59-54.
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year Caitlin Clark registered her 21st 20-point game in 24 outings this season. Clark’s 11 assists tied for the fourth-most in a Big Ten Tournament game and most since Maryland’s Ashley Owusu had 11 in the 2020 Big Ten Tournament Championship game against Ohio State.
  • Clark has 30 assists through three games of this year’s Big Ten Tournament, and nearly became the first player in tournament history with three consecutive double-digit assists games. She was one assist shy against Purdue in the second round on Wednesday. Clark is just the fourth player to record 30 assists in a single Big Ten Tournament. Iowa’s Samantha Logic holds the tournament record with 32 assists in 2014, while Nebraska’s Rachel Theriot had 30 that same year and Northwestern’s Ashley Deary reached that total in 2016.
  • Sophomore forward McKenna Warnock collected her fourth double-double of the season and sixth of her career with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Her six assists were also one off of her season high set against Northwestern on Jan. 28.
  • Friday’s win not only sets up a rematch of the 2019 Big Ten Tournament championship game (won by Iowa, 90-75), but also a sequel to one of this season’s most remarkable offensive displays — Maryland and Iowa combined for a Big Ten record-tying 32 three-pointers (including nine apiece for Clark and Maryland’s Katie Benzan) in the Terrapins’ 111-93 win on Feb. 23 in College Park.


  • The Hawkeyes advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for the second time in three years and the 12th time in school history. The Hawkeyes are 12-11 all-time in Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals and raise their overall tournament record to 28-24 (.538).
  • Iowa secured its third win over a Top 25 team this season with its win over No. 19/23 Rutgers. The Hawkeyes’ ranked wins include No. RV/24 Iowa State and No. 12/12 Michigan.
  • Three Hawkeyes scored 20 or more points on Thursday, including Gabbie Marshall (27), Caitlin Clark (21), and Monika Czinano(20) — the first time a team has accomplished the feat in the Big Ten Tournament since March 1, 2018, when Michigan State had three 20-point scorers, including Shay Colley (27), Taya Reimer (22), and Taryn McCutcheon (21) in a 111-109 quadruple-overtime loss to Indiana.
  • Junior Monika Czinano posted 20 points, breaking into the 1,000-point club. Czinano is the 38th Hawkeye to score 1,000 points in their career.
  • Sophomore Gabbie Marshall had a career-night, tallying 27 points, seven 3-pointers made, 10 field goals made, and seven rebounds to set career highs.
  • Freshman Caitlin Clark recorded her eighth double-double on the season, scoring 21 points and dishing out 10 assists.
  • Sophomore McKenna Warnock recorded her eighth game this season with 10 or more rebounds, pulling down 12.


  • Iowa defeated Purdue (11 seed) in its first game of the Big Ten Tournament, 83-72, recording its fourth-straight win over Purdue and seventh in the past 11 meetings. Purdue holds the all-time series record, leading 40-35.
  • Junior Monika Czinano’s recorded a career-high 38 points to tie for the fourth-most points in a Big Ten Tournament game and most since March 10, 2019, when Iowa’s own Megan Gustafson scored 45 points in the Big Ten Tournament championship game against Maryland.
  • Czinano made 16-of-18 shots (.889) from the field, the second-highest single-game field-goal percentage in Big Ten Tournament history (with a minimum of 10 made field goals) and best since March 10, 2013 when Purdue’s Drey Mingo set the record at .909 (10-of-11) against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
  • Czinano’s 16 made field goals are third-most for a single game in Big Ten Tournament history and most since Iowa’s Megan Gustafson made 17 field goals on March 10, 2019, against Maryland.
  • Czinano and freshman guard Caitlin Clark (27 points) narrowly missed becoming the first teammates in Big Ten Tournament history to each score 30 points in the same game.
  • P. Sue Beckwith, MD, Head Coach Lisa Bluder improves to 21-18 (.538) all-time at the Big Ten Tournament, recording the second most on the tournament’s career coaching wins list passing Ohio State’s Jim Foster and Penn State’s Rene Portland with 20 wins, each. Purdue’s Sharon Versyp has the most wins in Big Ten Tournament history, now 25-12 (.676), with two wins coming while she was the coach at Indiana.


  • Maryland leads the all-time series, 7-4. Iowa has won three of the last five contests.
  • The Hawkeyes fell to the Terrapins on Feb. 23, 111-93. Iowa was outscored by 20 points in the first quarter, but the Hawkeyes held their own, outscoring the Terrapins, 72-70, in the final three quarters.
  • In the first meeting this season, freshman Caitlin Clark scored 34 points and dished out seven assists. Junior Monika Czinano and sophomore McKenna Warnock also scored in double figures, adding 17 and 16, respectively.
  • Clark tallied nine 3-pointers on the day — the most from a Hawkeye against a Big Ten opponent since Melissa Dixon recorded nine at Northwestern on Jan. 29, 2015.


  • Iowa is 17-8 on the season and 11-8 in conference play, winning its first Big Ten tournament matchup over Purdue, 83-72, and followed with a 73-62 win in the Big Ten Quarterfinals over No. 19/23 Rutgers.
  • Freshman Caitlin Clark leads the Hawkeyes, averaging 27.2 points. Junior Monika Czinano and sophomore McKenna Warnock follow, averaging 19.1 and 11.6 points per game, respectively.
  • Warnock leads the Hawkeyes, averaging 7.8 rebounds per game, while Clark and Czinano follow with 6.0 and 5.8 per game, respectively.
  • Sophomore Gabbie Marshall leads Iowa with 48 steals. Redshirt sophomore Kate Martin and Clark follow on the season with 33 and 31 steals, respectively. Against Western Illinois (Dec. 22), Marshall recorded six steals — the most from a Hawkeye this season.
  • Clark recorded nine 3-pointers at Maryland (Feb. 23) — the most from a Hawkeye against a Big Ten opponent since Melissa Dixon recorded nine at Northwestern on Jan. 29, 2015.
  • The Hawkeyes upset No. 12 Michigan, 89-67, on Feb. 25 — the largest scoring margin over a ranked opponent since the Hawkeyes’ 1993 Final Four team beat No. 4 Penn State, 84-59.


  • Four Hawkeyes have recorded double-doubles this season, including freshman Caitlin Clark (9), sophomore McKenna Warnock (5), junior Monika Czinano (2), and redshirt sophomore Kate Martin (1).
  • Clark has recorded eight double-doubles on the season, including a triple-double against Western Illinois (Dec. 22). She recorded the other seven against Drake (Dec. 2), Minnesota (Jan. 6), at Ohio State (Jan. 13), at Minnesota (Jan. 31), at Wisconsin (Feb. 28), and against Rutgers (March 11). Clark’s most recent double-double was accomplished with 21 points and 10 assists against Rutgers in the Big Ten Quarterfinals.
  • Warnock has six career double-doubles, adding four this season. She recorded her third career double-double, tallying 14 points and 13 rebounds in Iowa’s win over Northern Iowa (Nov. 25), her fourth against Ohio State with 14 points and 12 rebounds, her fifth at Minnesota with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and her sixth in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Czinano recorded double-doubles in both matchups against Northwestern this season. In the first meeting (Jan. 9), Czinano posted 28 points and 12 rebounds. On the Hawkeyes’ home court (Jan. 28), Czinano recorded a career-high 34 points and added 11 rebounds.
  • Martin recorded her first-career double-double against Penn State, recording 19 points and 11 assists.