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Iowa Women’s Basketball: Hawks Win Rematch vs KSU. Bowling Green/ISU on Deck

Hawkeyes win the Gulf Coast Showcase in FL

Drake v Iowa
Clark continues to shine
Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images

The 4th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball team improved to 7-1 on the young season winning the Gulf Coast Showcase on Sunday, November 26. The Hawkeyes beat Purdue-Fort Wayne, FGCU, and Kansas State to win the title. The victory somewhat avenged the home-court loss to Kansas State a few weeks ago.

The first matchup between the teams was a rarity for Caitlin Clark; she did not play like the national player of the year winner from 2022-23. Clark did have 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in the first meeting, but her 2 for 16 shooting from beyond the arc was not what the basketball world is used to seeing. It has not been confirmed, but many people in the know mentioned that Clark and others on the team were battling flu-like symptoms. The second go-round had Clark scoring 32 points, grabbing 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Clark was 7 for 16 (44%) from three-point territory. [Big exhale - the world is back to normal]. Of note, Hannah Stuelke did not play in the championship game as she suffered an injury that will sideline her for a few games. Iowa’s post duo of Sharon Goodman and Addison O’Grady combined for 32 minutes, 14 points, and 8 rebounds. This tandem is doing an admirable job of replacing Monika Czinano from last season. Goodman and O’Grady had their hands full as Kansas State’s 6’6” post, Ayoka Lee, scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the first meeting between the two teams. Without Stuelke, Goodman and O’Grady were relied on more heavily to slow down the All-American. Lee scored 18 points and secured 7 rebounds in Florida. Kate Martin (11 pts/10 reb) and Molly Davis (13/4) played great minutes in the championship game.

Hawks and hardware. That’s how they roll.

Hawkeye Notes:

  • Head Coach Lisa Bluder won her 500th game at the University of Iowa.
  • Iowa is ranked #4 in the country.
  • Caitlin Clark won her 20th Big Ten Player of the Week award.
  • Iowa is averaging 90.3 points per game and allowing 65.1 ppg.
  • The Hawkeyes are +9.4 in rebounding margin per game.
  • Iowa is shooting 37% from 3FG and 75% FT this season. Last year: 38%/77%.

Next Up

Bowling Green

The Hawkeyes return home on Saturday, December 2nd to face Bowling Green. The game will be available on FS1 as well as the Hawkeye Radio Network. Bowling Green is 5-1 on the season. The Falcons have 4 players who average over 10 points per game. Bowling Green’s guards are their top players. 5’5” Lexi Fleming is averaging 16.8 ppg. 5’7” guard Amy Velasco is averaging 14.2 ppg, and she is shooting an astounding 52% (12-23) on her three-point field goals.

Iowa State

The Hawkeyes then travel to Ames, Iowa to face the Iowa State Cyclones. The Wednesday, December 6th game will be at 6 pm and can be seen on ESPN2. The Cyclones are 2-3 on the season. The Cyclones are a balanced team; they have five players averaging double figures in scoring. Iowa State’s strength comes from its size. Audi Crooks (6’3”) is averaging 15.5 pts/4.0 reb. Nyamer Diew (6’2”) averages 14.0/6.5. Isnelle Natabou (6’5”) averages 10.0/7.0. It will be a good test for Iowa’s post players Sharon Goodman, Addison O’Grady, and Hannah Stuelke (if she has returned from injury). Of course, the game is sold out (Caitlin Clark is must-see TV/in-person viewing). As always, it’s great to be a Hawkeye!