#2 Seed Iowa Advances to Final Four

SEATTLE, WA – The No. 2 seed Iowa women’s basketball team defeated No. 5-seed Louisville, 97-83, on Sunday night inside Climate Pledge Arena to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1993.

National Player of the Year Candidate Caitlin Clark recorded her 11th career triple-double with 41 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. The Des Moines native became the first player in NCAA Tournament history to record a 40-point triple-double.

Two other Hawkeyes finished in double digits, as McKenna Warnock registered her 20th double-digit game with 17 points and five rebounds. Gabbie Marshall had 14 points and tied her season-high 4 steals.

Iowa had to dig deep quickly, after trailing, 8-0, in the first three minutes of the game. Clark did what she does best, going on her own, 7-0, run to trail by one. Warnock got involved, swishing her own three and then finishing a layup from a Clark transition pass. Clark finished the quarter with 15 points, and assisted every other scored basket to take a, 25-21, lead going into the second.

Five Hawkeyes scored in the second, shooting 62 percent from the field with Clark and Warnock having 13 of the team’s 23 points.Monika Czinano went to work, scoring back-to-back points in the paint to increase the lead to seven. Louisville responded with four points of their own, but Warnock hit back-to-back threes to regain control and get the crowd on their feet. The Cardinals wouldn’t back down, but Iowa was able to keep a, 48-43, lead heading into half.

Marshall sunk two threes in the stretch of an, 11-0, run at the start of the half to help give Iowa a, 59-47, lead. Iowa went on a two-minute scoring drought, but Clark knocked down three free throws to take back control. Marshall swished her third three of the quarter to start another, 11-0, scoring run at the end of the third to go into the final 10 up by 19.

Iowa didn’t let up in the fourth, as five Hawkeyes contributed to the scoreboard. Clark had eight of the team’s 19 fourth-quarter points. Free throws solidified the win at the end of the quarter to give Iowa their fourth final-four appearance in program history.

• NPOY front runner Caitlin Clark became the first player in Division I women’s basketball history to record more than 900 points and 300 assists in the same season.
• Iowa will be making its second appearance in the Final Four in program history.
• Of all Division I men’s or women’s teams in the state of Iowa, the Hawkeye women’s basketball program has made the second most Final Fours. (2)
• Clark’s 41-point performance ties for the third most in NCAA Tournament Regional Final history.
• Second most points Iowa has scored in an NCAA Tournament game.
• Iowa has shot 50% or better from the field in in 16 of its last 20 quarters.
• Clark is the only player since 2000 with 30 points per game, 10 assists per game, and 50% field goal percentage over a five game span.
• Iowa is 10-3 in the NCAA Tournament since 2019.
• In tournament play, Gabbie Marshall is 23-46 from 3-point range. (50%)
• Clark broke Iowa’s NCAA Tournament single game records in points and 3-pointers made.
• It was Clark’s 18th game this season with more than 25 points, five assists, and five rebounds. (Most in DI)
• The nation’s best offense has scored 80 or more points in nine of its last 12 games.
• 23rd opponent Iowa has beaten by double digits this season.
• Gabbie Marshall tied a season-high with four steals.
• Clark has registered the second most points in a single season in Big Ten Conference history. (983)
• Clark, Czinano, Marshall, Martin, and Warnock have made 90 starts together, the most out of any DI women’s basketball team in the 20 seasons.
• In the first quarter, Clark either scored or assisted on every single basket producing 25 points.
• Iowa is 13-4 all-time as 2-Seed in the NCAA Tournament.
• Iowa’s 30 wins this season is the most in program history.
• Clark is the only player in the nation with more than 950 points, 240 rebounds, 300 assists, and 45 steals this season.

2-Seed Iowa will head to Dallas for the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. Semifinal games will be played on Friday, March 31 inside American Airlines Arena. Game times and the opponent is still to be determined.