Iowa mounts comeback to complete season sweep over No. 10 Indiana


Iowa managed its second top-10 win in a row on Monday, taking down No. 10 Indiana for the second time in three days, 88-82, in Iowa City. On Saturay, the Hawkeyes took down the Hoosiers 96-91 in Bloomington.

The win completes the series sweep for the Hawkeyes this season.

Iowa is now one of three teams in the Big Ten sitting at 12-4, alongside No. 13 Maryland and No. 17 Ohio State. Sixth-ranked Michigan leads the Big Ten at 12-3 with an overall record of 21-4. After a Thursday matchup with Rutgers, Iowa will finish the season at home versus Michigan on Sunday.

On Monday, the Hawkeyes shot 54.5 percent from the field compared to the Hoosier’s 46.3 percent. Down 52-41 at the half, Iowa outscored Indiana by 17 points in the second half to complete the comeback.

“We had a really good second half,” said Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder. “Our first half, we struggled with valuing the ball. We gave them 23 points off turnovers in the first half, and it’s hard to win a game when you’re doing that. We did a much better job in the second half — our defense was good.”

Iowa’s Monika Czinano led all scorers with 31 points and 10 rebounds, while Caitlin Clark nearly recorded her sixth triple-double of the season with 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Clark is now averaging 26.9 points, 8.2 assists and 8.0 rebounds on the season.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Clark is the first women’s basketball player in the last 20 seasons, and the third in Division I history, to go 16 consecutive games with at least 15 points and five assists. Oklahoma’s Trae Young went 22 consecutive games with such a state line in 2017-18, and Murray State’s Ja Morant had 19 in 2018-19. Both now play in the NBA. She is also the first Division I player since 1999-00 to record 650-plus points, 200-plus assists and 175-plus rebounds through 25 games played.

In the Hawkeyes’ six games against ranked opponents, Clark has averaged 30.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.7 assists. No other Division I basketball player has averaged 30-5-5 against ranked foes, with a minimum of two games, in the last 20 seasons.

Grace Berger led the Hoosiers with 22 points and four rebounds. Nicole Cardano-Hillary and Mackenzie Holmes had 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Indiana will conclude its season at No. 13 Maryland on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.