IOWA CITY, Iowa – The nationally-ranked Iowa women’s basketball team defeated Rutgers, 111-57, on Sunday afternoon in front of 13,150 fans inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa notched its seventh straight 20-win season under Lisa Bluder and broke the school record for most points against a Big Ten opponent.
Every Hawkeye scored, with five in double digits. Molly Davis had a season-high 17 points to lead the team, with National Player of the Year candidate Caitlin Clark finished 15 points, 10 assists, and four rebounds to register her 13th double-double of the season in just 20 minutes of action. Monika Czinano finished with 14 points and five rebounds.
Freshman Taylor McCabe registered a career-high 12 points, sinking four three-pointers in the second half. Hannah Stuelke finished with 10 points and five rebounds to notch her 10th double-digit game.
Iowa started off hot, shooting 56 percent from the field and 60 percent beyond the arc in the first quarter. Five Hawkeyes scored, with Davis scoring a buzzer-beater layup to give the Hawkeyes a, 29-18, lead going into the second.
Czinano sunk two early free throws in the first minute of the second to start an, 8-0, run for the Hawkeyes. Back-to-back steals from Clark and Gabbie Marshall put Iowa ahead by 17. Eight Hawkeyes scored in the second, as 17 of Iowa’s 31 points were from the bench. Addison O’Grady scored four quick points in the final minute to head into halftime up, 60-28.
It was more of the same in the second half. Bluder was able to play more reserves than usual. Iowa’s bench tallied a season-high 61 points outscoring the Scarlet Knights as a team by four.
Iowa finished the day shooting 62 percent from the floor, 54 percent from deep, and 84 percent from the line. The Hawkeyes have now won 10 out of the last 11 matchups against Rutgers.
- Iowa’s 60-point first half performance was the most points in school history against a Big Ten foe.
- Molly Davis netted a career-best at Iowa with 15 points.
- Iowa’s bench outscored Rutgers, 61-57.
- Clark extended her streak of scoring in double figures an astounding 77 games, which is a NCAA Division I best.
- Clark and Czinano’s streak of being Iowa’s leading scorer came to an end at 41 consecutive games.
- Clark has netted a 3-point basket in 44 straight games. She has hit at least one 3-pointer in 85 career games.
- Clark is the only player in the nation with more than 675 points, 190 rebounds, 200 assists, and 40 steals this season.
- The Hawkeyes have won 15 out of their last 17 games dating back to Dec. 4, 2022.
QUOTING P. SUE BECHWITH, MD, HEAD COACH LISA BLUDER
“We had an awesome crowd today for our annual Pink Out. I’m just really excited that we got to play everyone and all of them played well. It was nice to see Davis and McCabe excel today on the offensive and defensive side of the floor. I’m proud of how our team executed today.”
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The Hawkeyes are set to host Wisconsin on Feb. 15. Tip-off in Iowa City is set for 6:30 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game will broadcast on BTN+ and the Hawkeye Radio Network. Fans are encouraged to wear gold.