University of Iowa Athletics

#25 Monika Czinano

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


  • Started all 38 games for the Hawkeyes
  • 2022-23 Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten
  • 2022-23 Preseason first team All-Big Ten
  • Preseason Wooden Award Watch List
  • Big Ten All-Tournament Team
  • Named to Lisa Leslie Watch List
  • On Wooden Award Late Season Top 20
  • Named to the USWBA Ann Meyers Drysdale Player of the Year Watch List
  • Named to Naismith Women’s Player of the Year Midseason Team
  • Recognized as first Big Ten Player of the Week of the season on Nov. 14 and B1G Honor Roll on Jan. 23
  • Eclipsed 2,000 career points; she is the fifth Iowa women’s basketball player to do so. She is the 38th Big Ten Conference player to score 2,000 career points since the Big Ten incorporated women’s athletics in 1981-82, and is the second Hawkeye in as many games to reach that milestone,
  • Reached double figures 29 times this year, 11 times with 21 or more points.
  • Broke a school record for single-game field goal percentage, finishing with 22 points (11-11 FG) and seven rebounds against Michigan State (Jan. 18)
  • Set a Big Ten Tournament record for field goal percentage, going 11-of-12 (.917) in the championship game against Ohio State (March 5)
  • Ranks 13th all-time career rebounds with 787 rebounds.
  • 8 career double-doubles
  • Ranks third in all-time scoring with 2,413 career points.
  • Registered a career-high 8 assists against Michigan (Jan. 7)
  • Had a season-high three blocks against Northwestern (Jan. 11)
  • Tied career-high of two steals against No. 8 Maryland on Feb. 2.
  • From Jan. 7 through Feb. 6, she shot 70% from the field and registered 20 or more points in four of six games.
  • Monika Czinano finished her Hawkeye career with 2,413 points and 787 rebounds in 162 games played.
  • Letter winner.


  • 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 Caitlin 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
Monika Czinano Drafted by the LA Sparks
Iowa Tops Unbeaten South Carolina, Heads to National Championship
#2 Seed Iowa Advances to Final Four
2-Seed Hawkeyes Outlast 6-Seed Colorado
2-Seed Hawkeyes Advance to NCAA Sweet 16
2-Seed Iowa Advances in NCAA Tournament
Czinano Tabbed as a Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Finalist
Clark Named Big Ten Player of the Year
No. 6 Hawkeyes Upset No. 2 Indiana at the Buzzer
No. 7 Hawkeyes Down the Badgers
No. 5 Hawkeyes Dominate Rutgers, 111-57
No. 5 Iowa Falls to No. 2 Indiana
Clark, Czinano on Naismith Women’s POY Midseason Team
No. 6 Hawkeyes Top Penn State, 95-51
Czinano Named to Lisa Leslie Watch List
No. 6 Hawkeyes Run Past No. 8 Terps
Game Notes: No. 8 Maryland at No. 6 Iowa
Clark, Czinano on Wooden Award Late Season Top 20
No. 10 Hawkeyes Win Sixth Straight, Beating Nebraska 80-76
No. 10 Hawkeyes Buck No. 2 Ohio State's Perfect Record, 83-72
Game Notes: No. 10 Iowa at No. 2 Ohio State
Game Notes: No. 10 Iowa at Michigan State
No. 12 Hawkeyes Throttle Penn State
Game Notes: Penn State at No. 12/9 Iowa
No. 12 Hawkeyes Pounce the ‘Cats, 93-64
Clark, Czinano on USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List
Game Notes: Northwestern at No. 12/9 Iowa
No. 16 Hawkeyes Capture B1G Road Win, Taking Down No. 14 Wolverines
Game Notes: No. 16/12 Iowa at No. 14/19 Michigan
Game Notes: No. 12/10 Iowa at Illinois
Game Notes: Purdue at No. 12/10 Iowa
No. 13 Hawkeyes Defeat Dartmouth, 92-54
Game Notes: Dartmouth at No. 13/11 Iowa
Filip Rebraca Named B1G Player of the Week
No. 12 Hawkeyes Defeat Panthers, 88-74, to Sweep the State
Game Notes: Northern Iowa at No. 12/11 Iowa
Game Notes: Minnesota at No. 16/13 Iowa
No. 16/13 Iowa Runs Past No. 10/8 Iowa State, 70-57
Game Notes: No. 10/8 Iowa State at No. 16/13 Iowa
Kris Murray Earns National, Big Ten Weekly Honors
UI, The V Foundation Partner For Cancer Research
Hawk Talk With Lisa Bluder, Fran McCaffery Debut Next Week
Clark, Czinano on Wooden Award Watch List
Czinano Earns B1G Player of the Week Honors
No. 4/6 Hawkeyes Win in Overtime Thriller Against Drake
No. 4 Hawkeyes Thump Lopers in Exhibition
Czinano Named to Lisa Leslie Watch List
Iowa WBB Media Day: Lisa Bluder Transcript
Hawkeyes 4th in AP Preseason Poll
McCaffery B1G Media Day Transcript
Bluder B1G Media Day Transcript
Hawkeyes Headline Big Ten Preseason Polls
Clark, Czinano Named AP All-Americans
Iowa Clinches B1G Tournament Title, Sweeps Indiana
Czinano Announces 2022-23 Return
Czinano Named to Lisa Leslie Award Top-10
Iowa-Indiana Games Rescheduled
Hawkeyes to Play Illini Sunday
Iowa-Indiana Women’s Basketball Postponed
Hawkeyes to Play Purple Aces on Sunday
Iowa-Illinois Women’s Basketball Postponed
Clark, Czinano Named to Naismith, Wade and Wooden Preseason Watchlists