The Iowa Hawkeyes women’s team gritted out a first round win in the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday night as they ousted Purdue 83-72. The Hawkeyes shot miserably from beyond the arc, but got a huge night from Monika Czinano who put up a crazy 38 points on 16 of 18 shooting.
The win advances Iowa to the quarterfinals where they will now face off with 3rd seeded Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights finished the year 14-3 and riding a 9-game winning streak. That may have largely come against some fluff that sits below Iowa in the final standings, but hot is hot and Rutgers has been just that.
Can Czinano maintain her hot start to the tournament? Can Clark and the rest of Iowa’s perimeter threats get hot? Or will it be the Scarlet Knights who keep their hot streak going?
As we start the countdown to tipoff, here’s everything you need to know about today’s matchup.
Matchup: Iowa Hawkeyes (16-8, 11-8) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14-3, 10-3)
When: Thursday, March 11th at 8:00 pm CT (est)
Where: Bankers Life Field House - Indianapolis, IN
Video Streaming: FOXSportsGO.com
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network (click to find your local station)
Audio Streaming: TuneIn Radio
You can read more on the full recap of Wednesday’s win and an in depth preview of Thursday’s matchup here.
The winner of tonight’s matchup will move on to take on the winner of the Michigan State-Indiana game which precedes Iowa’s matchup tonight. That will tip off 25 minutes after the conclusion of the 2:00pm CT semifinal game on Friday, March 12th. All games except Saturday’s Championship Game will be broadcast on FS2.
Here’s an updated look at the full tournament bracket.