The Unsung Heroes Behind the Spotlight on Caitlin Clark


For the casual fan, Iowa women's basketball is often synonymous with the dazzling talent of Caitlin Clark. However, those deeply connected to the sport, like head coach Lisa Bluder, her coaching staff, and the players, recognize the integral role played by other key contributors. In fact, it could be argued that the Hawkeyes' lofty No. 3 ranking in the AP Top 25 preseason poll is in no small part thanks to the return of Kate Martin for her sixth year and Gabbie Marshall for her fifth, in addition to having the reigning national player of the year back for her fourth season. Despite the spotlight on Clark, the Hawkeyes have been significantly bolstered by the return of Martin and Marshall, who have added immense experience and skill to the roster. Following their remarkable run to the NCAA championship game, the team faced substantial challenges with the departures of the top two scorers behind Clark. Monika Czinano, the imposing post complementing Clark's style, is now playing professionally in Hungary, while McKenna Warnock, Clark's 3-point shooting partner, is pursuing a career in dental school. National Finals Rodeo