IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa women’s basketball team came away with a 73-62, win over the Belmont Bruins on Sunday afternoon inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa improved to 4-1 on the season.
All-American Caitlin Clark played up to the name, registering a new season-high 33 points, scoring 25 in the second half, and dishing out five assists. Monika Czinano was just shy of a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the team.
The Hawkeyes had a huge third quarter, shooting 57.1% from the 3-point range. Clark went to work, going on an 8-0 run by herself to give Iowa a 10-point lead. Molly Davis went 2-for-2 from the field and sunk one three to end the quarter.
Iowa carried the momentum into the final 10 minutes, keeping the lead the entire time to come away with a home win. Clark had 13 of the team’s 23 points in the fourth, going 5-for-8 from the field and 2-for-3 from the three.
• All-American Caitlin Clark scored 33 points and it led all scorers in the game.
• It was her 24th 30-point performance in her career.
• She has registered 20 or more points in all five games this season.
• Clark had an efficient afternoon from the free throw line (10-11).
• Iowa was efficient from the charity stripe converting 18-of-23.
• The game saw seven ties and four lead changes.
• Belmont was tabbed as the Missouri Valley favorite this season.
• In the second quarter, Iowa held Belmont to seven points which ties for its second lowest offensive output in a quarter this season.
• Clark’s three threes moved her into 6th place for career 3-pointers made with 222. Gabbie Marshall moved up into 13th all-time with 139 three pointers. McKenna Warnock has 131 career three’s which has her at 14th all-time.
• Warnock now holds sole possession of 20th all-time in career rebounds with 578. Monika Czinano ranks 21st all-time with 576 rebounds.
• Iowa is 3-0 against MVC opponents this season.
QUOTING P. SUE BECKWITH, MD, HEAD COACH LISA BLUDER
“Our crowd was outstanding today. We have such a good homecourt advantage. Man, when we were in that third quarter when we got on that roll and Caitlin hit those threes, I mean, that place was so loud. It’s just it’s so great and it’s such a fun environment to play in. I thought our defense improved from the Kansas State game.”
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The fourth-ranked Hawkeyes return to action on Nov. 25, when they play Oregon State in the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament. Tipoff against the Beavers is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (CT). The game will broadcast on ESPNU and on the Hawkeye Radio Network.
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