IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa women’s basketball team opened the 2023-24 season with a 94-72 victory in its exhibition game over DePaul on Sunday afternoon at Kinnick Stadium in front of 55,646 fans. The Crossover at Kinnick was first ever women’s basketball game to be played outdoors in a football stadium and set a NCAA single game record for most attended in women’s basketball history.
National Player of the Year Caitlin Clark finished with a triple-double, scoring 34 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Fifth-year Molly Davis tallied 13 points which was second-most on the team.
The Hawkeyes jumped on top in the first quarter, shooting 60% from the field on 15 attempts. Iowa kept the momentum in the second scoring 62.5% from the field on 16 attempts taking a 52-37 lead at half.
The Hawkeyes scored a game-high 25 points in the third quarter, led by Clark with eight points and Davis added seven. Iowa’s defense never let the Blue Demons within 10 points in the second half. 10 Hawkeyes entered the scoring column with five recording double-digits.
QUOTING P. SUE BECKWITH, MD, HEAD COACH LISA BLUDER
“What a day for our state and the game of women’s basketball. 55,000 people in attendance is crazy. I appreciate our administration for backing my idea and not giving any push back on the idea. Today was everything we could’ve imagined and I’m happy for our girls because they got a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
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The Hawkeyes return to action on Oct. 22, hosting Clarke University in its second exhibition matchup of the season on Mediacom Court inside CHA. The game will air on B1G+ (subscription) and on the Hawkeye Radio Network.