University of Iowa Athletics

#25 Monika Czinano

Height 6-3
Class Fifth Year
Hometown Watertown, Minn.
High School Watertown-Mayer
Monika Czinano - Women's Basketball - University of Iowa Athletics


  • Started 31 games, missing one due to illness
  • Named an AP and WBCA All-American honorable mention
  • Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Semifinalist
  • Earned first team All-Big Ten accolades (coaches & media)
  • Big Ten All-Tournament Team honoree
  • Led the nation in field-goal percentage (67.9) and ranked sixth in field-goals made (277), 11th in total points (656) and 12th in points per game (21.2) and 54th in free-throw percentage (84.3)
  • Scored a season high in points (31) against Nebraska (Jan. 16) and against No. 10 Indiana (Feb. 21)
  • Recorded season-high rebounds (16) at Northwestern (Jan. 29), averaging 6.2 rebounds per game
  • Tied career-high five assists at Iowa State (Dec. 8)
  • Recorded three season and her fourth career double-doubles with her last against Indiana in Big Ten Championship (March 6) — 30 points and 10 rebounds
  • Academic All-Big Ten selection
  • Dean’s List honoree


  • Started all 30 games
  • Named First Team All-Big Ten (coaches & media) and earned Big Ten Tournament All-Tournament Team accolades
  • Averaged 19.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game
  • Recorded a career-high 38 points against Purdue on March 10, tying the fourth-most points in a Big Ten Tournament game and most since March 10, 2019, when Iowa’s own Megan Gustafson scored 45 points in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game against Maryland
  • Shot 16-of-18 (.899) from the field, the second highest single-game field-goal percentage in Big Ten Tournament history (with a minimum of 10 made field goals) and best since March 10, 2013 when Purdue’s Drey Mingo set the record at .909 (10-of-11) against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament championship game
  • Her 16 made field goals are the third-most for a single game in Big Ten Tournament History and most since Iowa’s Megan Gustafson made 17 on March 10, 2019 against Maryland
  • Ranked No. 1 nationally in field goal percentage (66.8)
  • Ranked No. 2 nationally in field goals made (254)
  • Scored a total of 578 points which ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten Conference behind teammate Caitlyn Clark
  • NCAA Starting Five Weekly Award on Feb 3 — the first of her career
  • Earned her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award on Feb 1
  • Named to the Academic All-Big Ten team


  • Played 29 games, starting 28
  • Named first team All-BigTen by the media
  • Led the Big Ten in shooting percentage (67.9) and ranked second nationally, shooting 201 of 296
  • Registered single-season career-highs in points (463) and rebounds (145)
  • Recorded 10 20-point games, including two 24-point games against Clemson (Dec. 4) and Minnesota (Feb.27) — her single-game best
  • Tabbed her first career double-double at Nebraska (Dec. 28), scoring 16 points and pulling in 17 rebounds
  • Averaged 20.5 points during the Minnesota (Jan. 16) and Wisconsin (Jan. 19) games, making 18 of her 20 shots attempted to earn Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll for the first time in her career
  • Academic All-Big Ten


  • Appeared in 34 contests
  • Netted a career-high 15 points and pulled down a career best seven rebounds in Iowa’s win over N.C. Central. Was 5-for-7 in the contest
  • Pulled down two or more rebounds nine times
  • Was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field in Iowa’s win over Robert Morris

High School

  • Three-time all-conference honoree (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • All-section selection by Breakdown Sports Media in 2017 and 2018
  • First team All-State selection in 2018
  • Team captain during her junior and senior years
  • Scored 1,643 points and registered 1,035 rebounds during her high school career
  • Averaged 23 points and 14 rebounds per game during her senior year
  • Guided her team to back-to-back conference championships (2016, 2017)
  • Played AAU for the Minnesota Fury
  • Letterwinner and state qualifier in track, swimming, and volleyball
  • All-conference honoree in track and field
  • National Honor Society, band, and theater member


  • Parents are Gyula and Theresa Czinano
  • Has two younger sisters, Maggie and Mallory
  • One of 15 leaders part of the Big Ten Conference’s LGBTQ+ Working Group
  • Undeclared major