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Five takeaways from Iowa women’s basketball’s road rout of Rutgers

Add another win to the books for the Hawkeyes.

The Iowa Hawkeyes earned their 15th victory of the season, topping the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 103-69. It was all Iowa from the starting whistle, clearly the better team in front of a sold-out crowd in New Jersey.

Caitlin Clark was the star, surprise, despite not having her best night from the field. She led both teams with 29 points, adding 10 rebounds and 10 assists in her latest triple-double effort. Kate Martin was Iowa’s second-leading scorer with 15 points. Hannah Stuelke, Gabbie Marshall, and Sydney Affolter all reached double-digit points.

Both the eye test as well as the stats will tell you that this was a completely one-sided affair for the Hawkeyes as Iowa dominated in pretty much every category. Even with Clark leading the way with another fantastic triple-double, this was still a great team performance by the Hawkeyes.

Everyone looked good in a game they were heavily favored to win. You’ll take that any day of the week. Here are the takeaways from Friday night’s win.

Even when the shots aren't falling, Caitlin Clark is still the best in the world

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(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Friday night was not Caitlin Clark’s best game, at least not from a shooting performance. The 3-pointers that we’re all accustomed to her making just weren’t falling.

Clark finished 10-of-22 from the floor, but just 3-of-9 from 3-point range. It’s not like she was taking bad shots or anything, sometimes you just have an off night from the field.

Even with an off shooting performance, Clark still had her handprints all over this game. Her abilities as a playmaker are second-to-none, providing chance after chance for her teammates. Her work on the boards, despite being a point guard, is fantastic as well. Even when the shots aren’t falling, Clark is still controlling the game.

Rutgers provided little resistance on defense

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(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

I don’t want to bash them too much, but hey, I wouldn’t be from New Jersey if I didn’t. I really don’t know if I can call what Rutgers did defense. It seemed as though they just let Iowa do whatever it is that they wanted out there.

Sure, not all of the shots were falling for the Hawkeyes, but there were a lot of open shots. That lack of resistance also showed on the boards, too, where Iowa dominated the offensive glass.

Sharon Goodman is a big interior presence

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(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The next two are mostly just eye test observations. Every time Sharon Goodman came in the game, her presence was notable. Now, Rutgers were struggling on the interior in general, and that really showed whenever Goodman checked into the game. She led the Hawkeyes’ defense with two blocks.

Sydney Affolter and Kate Martin just get it done

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(Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

These two women just get it done for the Hawkeyes. For Martin, it was a fantastic game, scoring 17 points while going seven-of-10 from the field. She made a couple of really nice plays driving towards the basket. She finished with seven boards and five assists.

Affolter contributed 10 points off the bench, and possibly even more importantly, 10 rebounds for a double-double. Both are glue players who can do a little bit of everything for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa women's basketball is money

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Iowa women’s basketball is the biggest draw in town. I saw, in person—not to flex that too much—a line of people waiting to get into this game. Those people waited in 30-degree weather, to watch their team get blown out, just to see Caitlin Clark and the Hawkeyes. This has been the case all year, Iowa drawing a massive crowd wherever they play.

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