Iowa Women's Basketball: Big Ten Regular Season Champs

By RossWB on February 27, 2022 at 5:45 pm
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Today's game between #6 Michigan and #21 Iowa was the biggest basketball game -- men's or women's -- that venerable Carver-Hawkeye Arena had seen in a while. That's because the game came with some pretty big stakes attached -- the winner would earn at least a share of the regular season Big Ten Championship. In fact, it looked briefly like the game might be a true winner-take-all game for the Big Ten title, as Michigan State led Ohio State as Iowa and Michigan tipped off; a Spartan win would mean the winner of Iowa-Michigan would be the outright Big Ten champ. Alas, the Buckeyes came back to edge out the Spartans in the end, which meant that an outright title was only on the line for Michigan -- the best Iowa could do with a win would be Big Ten co-championship, shared with Ohio State. But guess what: championships are championships... and the 2021-22 Iowa women's basketball are now the 2021-22 Big Ten (co-) Champions. 

Hell yeah. 

In front of a sellout crowd at CHA (the first for a women's game since 1988), Iowa set their three-point shooting to "supernova" and torched Michigan in the final three quarters of today's game to run away with a 104-80 victory. The win clinched a share of a Big Ten regular-season championship (the first for Iowa since 2008). We'll have a full recap of the game up soon, but for now we just want to enjoy that performance, relish that win, and celebrate being Big Ten Champions. 

The win was achieved on the back of another incredible game by Caitlin Clark against Michigan. In Ann Arbor, Clark was incredible, almost single-handedly pulling Iowa back into the game after falling behind by over 20 points; she had 46 points and 10 assists on 14/29 shooting (6/13 from 3-point range), nailing multiple logo 3s as part of Iowa's stunning fourth quarter surge. For the sequel today, Clark didn't want until the fourth quarter to start lighting up the Wolverines. She was breathtaking in the second quarter, ringing up 13 points on 4/6 shooting (3/5 from deep), all part of a 20-point, 6-assist first half that left Iowa leading 53-39 at the break. She delivered the knockout punch in the third quarter, running off 10 points in a row and 14 points in total (on 4/6 shooting, 4/4 from long range) after Michigan had made a run to cut Iowa's lead to eight. Iowa led 76-49 after three quarters, and all that was left in the fourth quarter was figuring out where the Big Ten championship trophy was hiding. 

This is just one of the bananas 3s that Clark hit today, one 8 total 3s that she made as part of a 38-point, 11-assist, 6-rebound game that featured some stunningly efficient shooting from Clark (11/18 overall, 8/11-- !!!! -- from deep).  

Only one thing left to do: 


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