Veronica Burton leads Northwestern in upset of No. 22 Iowa

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Northwestern took down No. 22 Iowa Thursday night 77-69 for their first win over a ranked team this season.

It’s the Wildcats’ third-straight win over Iowa after completing the sweep last season.

Each team had two players score 20 points or more as both teams shot 41 percent from the field. The major difference maker was on the glass, as Northwestern out-rebounded Iowa 42-31.

Foul trouble plagued Iowa, with McKenna Warnock and Kate Martin each fouling out. Warnock had 14 points and eight rebounds before leaving the game.

The Wildcats also forced 18 turnovers, thanks in part to senior Veronica Burton, who matched a career-high with eight steals.

The two-time reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year finished with 25 points, eight steals, six rebounds and six assists. Burton now sits inside the top ten all-time in career steals in Big Ten history with 329.

Freshman Melannie Daley had 22 points and six rebounds as the only other Wildcat in double-digits.

The dynamic duo of Caitlin Clark and Monika Czinano was firing from all cylinders despite the loss. Clark had a game-high 30 points, adding three rebounds and five assists. Czinano, in her first game back from COVID-19 protocols, had 20 points and six rebounds.

Northwestern will look to move to 3-0 in Big Ten play on Sunday against Ohio State at 3 p.m. ET. The Hawkeyes will have an opportunity to rebound against Nebraska at 2 p.m. ET.