No. 5 Iowa Bounces Back Against Nebraska

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The fifth-ranked Iowa women’s basketball team continued Big Ten play defeating Nebraska, 92-73, on Saturday afternoon inside a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa improved to 19-2 this season and 8-1 in conference play.

All-American, Caitlin Clark recorded a double-double finishing with 38 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. Kate Martin added 16 points and Sydney Affolter also recorded double digit figures with 12.

The Hawkeyes lead the Huskers, 14-11, after the first quarter with Iowa leading the duration of the quarter. Clark had half of the Hawkeyes points in the first quarter.

Nebraska scored four straight points to start the second quarter and to take its first lead of the game. There were 10 lead changes in the second quarter. The Hawkeyes went on a 9-0 run at the end of the second closed out by a buzzer beater three by Clark to go into halftime with a 36-31 lead.

Iowa ran away with it in the second half shooting 60% from the field and 56.3% from three to lead the entire second half. Clark went 6-8 from deep scoring 28 points in the final two quarters. The Hawkeyes outscored the Huskers, 56-42 in the second half.

– National Player of the Year candidate, Caitlin Clark, notched 38 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists against NU.
– Only eight of Clark’s 121 career games have come against Nebraska (6.6%), she’s exploded for at least 30 points in all eight games.
– Clark has netted at least six three-point field goals in five consecutive games which is the longest active streak nationally.
– Since 2009, no player has recorded more games of 35+ points, 5+ assists, and 5+ rebounds. She has done it 15 times.
– It was her 53rd career double-double, she is now sixth on the Big Ten’s all-time list. She leads all Big Ten active players in career double-doubles.
– Clark is now sixth on the NCAA’s all-time 3-point field goal list.
– Iowa has won their last six games following a loss. Iowa hasn’t dropped back-to-back games since a 2-game skid spanning Nov. and Dec. 2022.
– The Hawkeyes have won 11 out of the last 12 meetings against the Huskers.
– In eight of the last nine Iowa wins over Nebraska, the Hawkeyes have scored 80+ points.
– It was Clark’s 49th career game with 30+ points in her career, the most in men’s or women’s college basketball history over the last 25 seasons.
– UI is 9-1 in home games this year and a perfect 5-0 in conference play.
– Lisa Bluder is eyeing eight straight 20-win seasons.
– Since 2008, Bluder’s teams own a 239-43 record at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
– Today’s game marks the 19th sellout in Iowa women’s basketball history.
– Kate Martin has scored 15+ points in nine games this year.
– The game featured 10 lead changes and four ties.
– All five Hawkeyes in the starting lineup scored in the first quarter.
– Clark has scored 20+ points in 106-of-121 career games which is the most in program history.
– Iowa has won 12 out of its last 13 against Big Ten foes.
– UI is 34-4 in Big Ten action since Feb. 9, 2022.
– Since 2020-21, Iowa has scored 80+ points on 94 occasions which is the best nationally.
– The Hawkeyes have scored 80+ points in 17 contests this year.
– Since 2020-21, the Hawkeyes lead the country in games with 90+ points. (49)
– Clark kept her alive streak of 79 consecutive games making a 3-point basket. (NCAA best)
– Clark is the first Division-I player to record 3,300+ points, 900+ assists, and 800+ rebounds in a career.
– Iowa owns the longest active streak in the AP Top 5 at 13 consecutive weeks.

“I think the second half was much more improved in comparison to the first half. In the first half, we were just a little out of source, we didn’t run our offense very well, but the second half we did. We did not do a good job crashing the boards today, and that has something that has usually been good for us. We had three people in double figures, so that’s always good.”

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The fifth-ranked Hawkeyes will hit the road to face Northwestern on Jan. 31. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT) inside a sold-out Welsh Ryan Arena. The game will air on Peacock (subscription required) and the Hawkeye Radio Network.