A trip to the Sweet 16 is on the line in what is the Iowa Hawkeyes’ final game inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena in the 2022-23 women’s college basketball season.
Iowa (27-6, 15-3 Big Ten) dispatched of Southeastern Louisiana with ease in the NCAA Tournament’s first round. Caitlin Clark and Monika Czinano combined for 48 points and the Hawkeyes limited the Lions to a measly 25.4% field goal shooting, including 18.2% from 3-point range.
The Hawkeyes welcome in the Georgia Bulldogs (22-11, 9-7 SEC) for a ticket to Seattle. The Bulldogs used 21 points from guard Diamond Battles to eliminate Florida State, 66-54.
Georgia guard Audrey Warren and forward Jordan Isaacs each added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
“Obviously glad to be in the field of 32, playing Georgia tomorrow. We know Georgia, tremendous team. Great depth. Zone defense they’re known for. Battles and Warren are excellent players. They’re posts. They have lots of depth at the post. So they’re going to be a real difficult challenge,” Iowa head women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder said of Georgia.
Georgia is known for its zone defense, something that Clark hopes Iowa’s shooters can exploit.
“I think valuing the ball will be very important. Shot fakes against a team that is more athletic, bigger, longer than us, but at the same time, I’m not sure they’ve seen a team that has as many shooters as we do on the perimeter. So being able to use that to the best of our ability. It’s hard to play zone when you have four people on the perimeter that can really spread the floor out and shoot it like we do.
“So we need to be able to do that, but at the same time, when we have people making shots on the perimeter, it’s pretty easy to get the ball inside to Monika, or if Monika is scoring on the block pretty easily, it’s going to open things up. So it’s hard to pick your poison with this team. There’s only so much you can do, but I don’t know if they’ve really seen a team that has four consistent shooters on the perimeter like we do,” Clark said.
Without further ado, here’s how fans can watch, stream and listen to the Iowa Hawkeyes hosting the Georgia Bulldogs. Plus, a look at the key players, series history and several other game notes.
How to watch
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 2 p.m. CT
TV Channel: ABC
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch here)
Hawkeye Radio Network: Listen
ABC: Dave O’Brien, play-by-play; Christy Winters Scott, color analyst
Hawkeye Radio Network: Rob Brooks, play-by-play; Jaime Cavey Lang, color analyst
G Caitlin Clark: 27.0 points, 8.5 assists, 7.5 rebounds
G Kate Martin: 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists
F/C Monika Czinano: 17.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 68.0% FG
G Gabbie Marshall: 5.7 points, 1.5 steals, 36.7% 3-point FG
G/F McKenna Warnock: 10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 39.4% 3-point FG
G Diamond Battles: 14.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals
F Brittney Smith: 11.5 points, 5.2 rebounds
F Javyn Nicholson: 9.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals
G Audrey Warren: 8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals
F Zoesha Smith: 6.7 points, 3.9 rebounds
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Series history: Georgia leads, 3-2. The last meeting between the two programs came during the 2007-08 season when Georgia topped Iowa, 67-61.
2007-08: Georgia 67, Iowa 61 (neutral)
1995-96: Georgia 79, Iowa 52 (neutral)
1990-91: Georgia 62, Iowa 51 (neutral)
1987-88: Iowa 65, Georgia 56 (at Iowa)
1986-87: Iowa 62, Georgia 60 (neutral)
Trip No. 9?
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If Iowa topples Georgia, the Hawkeyes would secure the program’s ninth Sweet 16 appearance. Iowa last advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2021.
2-seed history for the Hawks
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Iowa entered the NCAA Tournament as a 2-seed for the fifth time in program history. The Hawkeyes have also been selected as a No. 2 seed in 1993, 1996, 2019 and 2022.
Iowa’s lone Final Four appearance came during that 1993 tournament and the Hawkeyes also made an Elite Eight run in 2019 as a No. 2 seed. Iowa is 10-4 all-time as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Big Ten Tournament champs
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Clark became the first player in Big Ten Tournament championship game history to register a triple-double. She finished with 30 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds.
Clark was named the Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Tournament after averaging 24.7 points, 10.0 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game. Gabbie Marshall and Monika Czinano were also named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team.
It’s the first time in program history that the Hawkeyes have captured back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles. The conference championship game appearance was Iowa’s fourth in the last five seasons.
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