WBB Game Notes: Northwestern

PROGRAM QUICK HITS
• 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.
• National Player of the Year candidate, Caitlin Clark, is the first Division-I player to record 3,300+ points, 900+ assists, and 800+ rebounds in a career.
• Gabbie Marshall became the first Iowa women’s basketball player to register 200+ 3-pointers made and 200+ steals in a career.
• Iowa has three AP Top 20 wins this season.
• UI is off to its first 19-2 start under Lisa Bluder.
• Iowa is 14-5 in its last true 19 road games.
• The Hawkeyes won the 2023 Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla., with three games in three days. Clark was named the Tournament MVP.
• Since 2008, Bluder’s teams own a 239-43 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’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.
• Seven 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 five of the seven contests.
• Iowa WBB has helped sellout or break an attendance record in 29 of 32 games this season. Tickets are available to catch the Hawkeyes at Nebraska. The other two games in which Iowa did not set a record was the first round and championship of the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla.
• Iowa has won 12 of its last 13 against Big Ten foes.
• Clark has scored 20+ points in 106-of-121 career games which is the most in UI history.
• Iowa owns the longest active streak in the AP Top 5 at 14 consecutive weeks.
• Bluder owns a 513-251 (.671) record and a 255-142 (.640) conf

THIS WEEK
The third-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.

WATCH/FOLLOW ALONG
• Wednesday’s contest will air on Peacock (subscription required) and the Hawkeye Radio Network.

AUDIO COVERAGE
• Rob Brooks and Kathryn Reynolds will call the action on the Hawkeye Radio Network.
• Brooks is in his eighth year as the play-by-play announcer for the Iowa women’s basketball team. He has been Iowa football’s sideline reporter since 2004. Brooks has called seven different Iowa sports on radio or television.
• The Hawkeye Radio Network had over 30,000 listeners on YouTube in Iowa’s win over Kansas State in the GC Showcase Championship, which is a station record.
• Reynolds was a member of the University of Iowa’s Women’s Basketball coaching staff for six seasons, serving as the director of basketball operations from 2017- 2019 before being promoted to the role of director of player development from 20192023. In that time, the team won two Big Ten Conference Championships, two Elite 8 appearances, and one National Championship appearance.

THE SERIES
• This is the 79th meeting between the two foes.
• Iowa leads the all-time series, 60-18.
• The Hawkeyes have won the last three meetings.
• Clark has been held to single digits once in her career, at No. 22 Northwestern on Jan. 9, 2021.

WHAT 2 WATCH 4
• Clark is now tied for sixth on the Big Ten’s all-time list for most career double-doubles in a career (53). She leads active Big Ten players.
• Marshall (148) and Martin (146) are eyeing Monika Czinano’s games played record. (162)
• Iowa is 34-4 in Big Ten Conference action since Feb. 9, 2022.
• Iowa is 7-4 when Clark records 40 or more points.
• Clark has 55 career games with 25+ points, 5+ assists, and 5+ rebounds. (NCAA Best)
• Over the last 25 seasons, no has recorded more 30+ point games in men’s or women’s college basketball than Clark. (49)
• Kate Martin has scored 10+ points in 13 of the last 17 games.
• Martin has recorded 15+ points in nine games this year which is a careerbest.
• Lisa Bluder is eyeing eight straight 20-win seasons. It would be the longest streak in her career, C. Vivian Stringer had 10 consecutive 20+ win seasons from 1984-94.
• Iowa has posted a 14-5 record in their last 19 true road contests played overall.
• Clark has 15 games in her career with 35+ points, 5+ assists, 5+ rebounds which is the most in women’s college basketball since 2009-10.
• Clark has three career triple-doubles of the 35-point variety. All other players in women’s college basketball history have four.
• Caitlin Clark is the NCAA’s fourth all-time leading scorer. She surpassed Baylor’s Brittney Griner last Tuesday against Wisconsin.
• Clark has registered 25+ points, 5+ assists, and 5+ rebounds in 13 out of the last 15 games.
• Clark kept her alive streak of 79 consecutive games making a 3-point basket. (NCAA best)
• Against No. 18 Ohio State, Clark recorded 45 points which one shy of her career-high outburst against Michigan on Feb. 6, 2022.
• Iowa has won 12 of its last 13 against Big Ten foes.

SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN
• NU holds a 7-13 record this season and is 2-7 in conference play after a 100 59, loss at Indiana on Sunday.
• The Wildcats have lost four straight games.
• Northwestern’s last win in conference play at Welsh-Ryan Arena was against Rutgers on Dec. 30, 2023.
• Against the Hoosiers on Sunday, the Cats’ defense produced a season-high, seven blocked shots.
• Melannie Daley and Calliegh Walsh lead NU in the scoring column averaging more than 12.0 ppg respectively.
• Joe McKeown is in his 16th season with Northwestern – the longest tenured women’s basketball coach in school history. He was hired on June 9, 2008, and has led the program to a record 257 wins since.