|OPPONENT||#21/22 Iowa (18-7, 12-4) at Rutgers (9-18, 2-13)|
|LOCATION||Piscataway (Jersey Mike’s Arena)|
|DATE||Thursday, Feb. 24|
|TIP-OFF||7 p.m. (CT)|
|RADIO||Hawkeye Sports Network|
No. 21/22 University of Iowa women’s basketball travels to Piscataway, New Jersey, to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights inside Jersey Mike’s Arena on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. (CT) on B1G Network.
Iowa leads the series 10-3, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings, including both matchups last season.
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: Thursday’s contest will air live on B1G Network. Jason Horowitz (play-by-play) and Christy Winters Scott (color) are on the call.
PROGRAM QUICK HITS
- he Hawkeyes lead the country in field-goal percentage (.498) and free-throw percentage (.847) and rank in the top-25 in seven additional categories, including third in scoring offense (84.6), fourth in assists per game (19.2), fifth in total assists (479), 11th in free throws made (389), 12th in assist turnover ratio (1.26) and defensive rebounds per game (29.8) and 22nd in scoring margin (13.6).
- Sophomore Caitlin Clark leads the country in total assists (205), total points (673), assists per game (8.2), points per game (26.9), free throws made (157) and triple doubles (5)
- The Hawkeyes finished the 2020-21 season 20-10 overall and 11-8 in Big Ten play, advancing to the Big Ten Tournament Championship game and the NCAA Sweet 16.
- Head Coach Lisa Bluder and staff led Iowa to its 12th 20-win season over the last 14 seasons and 14th in Bluder’s tenure.
- Last season, freshman Caitlin Clark earned consensus first team All-America status with honors from WBCA, USBWA, and The Athletic. Associated Press named Clark to their second team.
- Clark was named National Co-Freshman of the Year by The Athletic, USBWA, and the WBCA.She was also named the Dawn Staley Award recipient — an award that goes to the best guard in women’s basketball.
- In the Big Ten, Clark was named Freshman of the Year, unanimous first team All-Big Ten, unanimously selected to the all-freshman team. Junior Monika Czinano earned first team all-Big Ten honors. The pair were also named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team.
- Iowa has made 13 consecutive postseason appearances (11 NCAA, 2 WNIT) when a postseason tournament was held. The 2020 postseason was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Hawkeyes have made a postseason tournament appearance in 19 of head coach Lisa Bluder’s 21 seasons at the helm of the program, receiving 14 NCAA Tournament and four WNIT (2003, 2005, 2016, 2017) bids, including eight Sweet 16 appearances — most recently in 2021.
- Bluder is one of six active Division I women’s head coaches to win 800 games or more in her career. She is in her 38th season as a head coach and 22nd at Iowa in 2021-22.
- Bluder owns a 457-241 (.655) record and a 240-139 (.633) conference mark at Iowa. In her 38 seasons as a head coach, Bluder is 813-383 (.680).
- Iowa leads the series 10-3, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings, including both matchups last season.
- No. 5/6 Indiana is 19-5 overall and 11-3 in Big Ten play, losing its only Big Ten matchups at Michigan (Jan. 31), at Nebraska (Feb. 14) and against Iowa (Feb. 19).
- Brown ranks 36th nationally in total rebounds (246), 44th in double doubles (10) and 64th in rebounds per game (9.1).
- The Knights lead the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing 59.3 points per game, rank third in rebound margin (6.0) 3-point percent defense (.303) and defensive field-goal percentage (.386).
- Acting head coach Timothy Eatman is in his seventh season on the Rutgers women’s basketball staff. He was promoted to the role of Associate Head Coach before the 2019-20 season, which ended in Rutgers’ fifth 20+ win season during Eatman’s tenure.
(HAWK)EYES ON THE SEASON
- The Hawkeyes are 18-7 overall and 12-4 in Big Ten play, coming off back-to-back top-10 wins over Indiana, including Iowa’s first road win against an AP-Top 5 opponent since defeating No. 4 Maryland on December 6, 1992.
- Sophomore Caitlin Clark leads Iowa, averaging 26.9 points, 8.2 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game.
- Clark, junior McKenna Warnock, senior Monika Czinano and freshman Addison O’Grady have each tallied double-doubles this season. Clark has tallied 13 on the season (22 career), including a Big Ten record five triple-doubles, while Warnock and Czinano have registered two apiece and O’Grady has recorded one.
- Czinano and Warnock average 20.7 and 12.4 points per game, respectively. The pair also average 7.1 (Warnock) and 6.3 (Czinano) rebounds per game.
- Redshirt junior Kate Martin ranks second on the team in assists per game, averaging 3.1.
- Junior Gabbie Marshall, Clark, Martin, Warnock and senior Tomi Taiwo have tallied 36, 33, 30, 21 and 18 steals, respectively.
THE BEST IN THE NATION (AND BIG TEN)
- Sophomore Caitlin Clark leads the country in total assists (205), total points (673), assists per game (8.2), points per game (26.9), free throws made (157) and triple doubles (5), while ranking third in field goals made (226), fifth in free-throw attempts (180), 19th in double doubles (13), 21st in defensive rebounds per game (7.5), 25th in free-throw percentage (.872), 33rd in total 3-pointers made (64) and 32nd in 3-pointers per game (2.56). She has also tallied eight 30-plus point games this season, tying with Kansas State’s Ayoka Lee and Villanova’s Maddy Siegrist to lead the country.
- Senior Monika Czinano ranks third nationally in field-goal percentage (.655), sixth in field goals made (209), 13th in points per game (20.7), 20th in total points (496) and 47th in free-throw percentage (.848).
- In the Big Ten Conference, two Hawkeyes are statistical leaders, including Clark’s assists per game, points per game, total assists, total points, triple doubles, free-throws made and field-goals made and Czinano’s field goal percentage. Czinano also ranks second in the conference in field goals made behind Clark.
WHERE THEY RANK AS A TEAM
- Iowa leads the country in field-goal percentage (.498) and free-throw percentage (.847).
- The Hawkeyes rank in the top-25 in seven additional categories, including third in scoring offense (84.6), fourth in assists per game (19.2), fifth in total assists (479), 11th in free throws made (389), 12th in assist turnover ratio (1.26) and defensive rebounds per game (29.8) and 22nd in scoring margin (13.6).
YOU GET AN ASSIST, YOU GET AN ASSIST, EVERYONE GETS AN ASSIST
- Iowa currently leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally in assists per game (19.2) and ranks fifth in the country in total assists (479). Sophomore Caitlin Clark leads the Hawkeyes and the nation with 8.2 assists per game.
- Iowa tallied 37 assists against Penn State (Jan. 25) to break the program’s single-game record, the Big Ten record against a Big Ten opponent and to tie the Big Ten record for most in a game – previously the Iowa record was 36 against North Carolina Central (Nov. 17, 2018) and the Big Ten single-game record is tied by Penn State (vs. Delaware St., Nov. 16, 2021) and Maryland (vs. Loyola Maryland, Dec. 11, 2017).
- Sophomore Caitlin – Clark broke the Iowa single-game assist record, tallying 18 and breaking the Big Ten regular-season record and tying the record for most against a conference opponent. Former Hawkeye Kathleen Doyle previously held the Iowa record with 15 assists against Nebraska (Feb. 6, 2020). Clark tied with Nebraska’s Rachel Theriot who had 18 assists against Minnesota on March 7, 2014 in the B1G Tournament.
- Sophomore Caitlin Clark has registered five triple-doubles this season and six in her career.
- Clark’s six career triple-doubles ties former Hawkeye Sam Logic’s Big Ten record (2011-15) for most in their career and ties fifth most single season (5) and career (6) triple-doubles in NCAA Division I history.
- Clark joins the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Hardin, Luka Dončić and Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only NBA, WNBA, Division I men’s and women’s basketball to record back-to-back 30-point triple doubles since 2000.
- Clark is one of 10 women’s basketball players (15 times) to register back-to-back triple doubles in their careers — the only to do so with 30-plus points in the pair. Clark registered 35 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists at Minnesota (Jan. 20) and 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Nebraska (Jan. 16).
- The Des Moines, Iowa, native is the first Big Ten women’s basketball player to register consecutive triple-doubles and five triple doubles in one season.