WBB Game Notes: Clarke University

• Iowa broke the WBB all-time attendance record for a single game with 55,646 on hand for the Crossover at Kinnick exhibition against DePaul.
• Iowa advanced to its first National Championship appearance in program history in 2023.
• Iowa netted a program best 31 victories in a single season in 2023.
• Iowa won its third Big Ten Tournament title since 2019, over Ohio State which was the largest margin of victory in BTT Championship history. It was also the first time in program history that the Hawkeyes won the tournament championship in back-to-back years.
• The Hawkeyes led the country in field-goal percentage (51.1), scoring offense (87.3), and assists per game (20.9). They ranked in the top-10 in three additional categories, fourth in assist to turnover ratio (1.46), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (38.0), and seventh 3-pointers per game (9.2).
• Since 2008, Bluder’s teams own a 230-42 record inside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In that stretch, the Hawkeyes have posted three undefeated seasons at home.
• Over the last nine years, Iowa has dropped the second-fewest regular season home games in the Big Ten.
• Iowa was 17-1 last season at CHA.
• Iowa’s 2023-24 roster is comprised of two fifth-year, one graduate, one senior, five juniors, three sophomores, and two freshmen. Four Hawkeyes are Iowa natives, four from Illinois, two from Michigan, and one each from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio.
• Six Big Ten regular-season games will be on a nationally broadcast platform (either NBC or FOX), the most in conference history. The Hawkeyes are featured in four of the six contests – Indiana (Jan. 13/FOX), at Ohio State (Jan. 21/NBC), at Maryland (Feb. 3/FOX), Ohio State (March 3/FOX).
• Iowa has had five out of the last six Big Ten Players of the Year.
• The Hawkeyes had a nation’s best six wins against AP Top 10 opponents last season.
• For the first time in the Lisa Bluder era, the Hawkeyes won 15 Big Ten regular season
conference games in 2022-23.
• Bluder owns a 494-248 (.664) record and a 247-141 (.637) conference mark at Iowa. In her 38 seasons as a head coach, Bluder is 850-389 (.685).

The Hawkeyes are set to host the Clarke Pride inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena for its second and final exhibition of the season. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. (CT) on BTN+ and will air on the Hawkeye Radio Network.

• The Pride are he reigning NAIA Women’s Basketball Champions. It was the first time Clarke has won a National Title.
• This will mark the second time in three seasons that Clarke will play an exhibition game against a team that is coming off of an appearance in the Final Four and NCAA Championship Game as they went to the west coast in 2021 to face Stanford University following their 2020-21 NCAA Championship season.
• The Pride will head into the 2023-24 season led by two-time NAIA All-America Honorable Mention selection Nicole McDermott as the senior from Cascade, Iowa enters her fourth season with career totals of 1,130 points (14th), 672 rebounds (10th), 261 assists, and 160 steals as her assist and steal totals sit just outside of the top-10 in program history.
• Adam Hocking enters his first season leading the women’s basketball program at Clarke University.
• The Pride’s roster includes five women from the state of Iowa. (Jorja Hanselman, Aubrey Luvan, Nicole McDermott, Mya Merschman, and Josie Potts)

• Season tickets for the 2023-24 University of Iowa women’s basketball team are officially sold out.
• Six of Iowa women’s basketball eight sellout crowds inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena have happened in the last two seasons, with the other two coming in 1985 and 1988.
• Iowa has been ranked in the national attendance top 10 each of the past four seasons
with fans (2023, 2022, 2021, 2019). The No. 2 ranking last season is the highest in the Lisa Bluder era. (11,143)
• Iowa City’s first round attendance last year was higher than nine of the 16 sites’ first/second round combined attendance figure.
• Iowa City owns four of the top 10 second round, single session attendance numbers in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship history.

• All net proceeds of the event benefited The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. ($250,000)
• Iowa broke the women’s basketball all-time attendance record of 29,619 previously set by Connecticut and Oklahoma in the 2002 National Title game in San Antonio’s Alamodome. The Hawkeyes had 55,646 fans inside of Kinnick Stadium.

• We will not have a Cambus shuttle from Hancher this Sunday. Alternatively, Lower Finkbine and Softball lots will be available for free public parking.