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Women’s College Basketball: NCAA Tournament Second Round: Iowa 86, Kentucky 72

This news story was published on March 23, 2021.
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SAN ANTONIO, TX – The University of Iowa Hawkeyes (20-9, 11-8) defeated 4-seed Kentucky (18-10, 9-6), 86-72, improving the Hawkeyes’ all-time NCAA Tournament Second Round record, 9-11. P. Sue Beckwith, MD, Head Coach Lisa Bluder has led the Hawkeyes to 14 20-win seasons, including 12 of the last 14 seasons.

Iowa makes its second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance, taking on the winner of the UConn vs. Syracuse game.

As a whole, the Hawkeyes shot 57.4 percent from the field, shooting 35-of-61.
In the first half, freshman Caitlin Clark outscored Kentucky 24-22. Kentucky’s 22 points are the fewest the Hawkeyes have allowed in a half this season.

Clark’s six 3-pointers are the most all-time by a Hawkeye in a NCAA Tournament. The previous record was five set by four Iowa student-athletes, including Theairra Taylor (vs. Marist, 2014), Jaime Printy (vs. Gonzaga, 2011), and Arneda Yarbrough, twice (vs. Mount St. Mary’s, 1994; vs. Alabama, 1994).

Clark’s 35 points are the most Hawkeye points in a NCAA Tournament. Tangela Smith held the previous record with 32 points against UMass during the 1998 tournament.

Clark’s 13 field goals ties Iowa’s most in an NCAA Tournament game with Arneda Yarbrough, twice (vs. Mount St. Mary’s, 1994).

Junior Monika Czinano posted 14 points and had eight rebounds and sophomore McKenna Warnock knocked down 10 points and pulled in eight rebounds.

Redshirt sophomore Kate Martin pulled down seven rebounds, making her the fourth Hawkeye to record 7-plus rebounds.

Former Mason City Mohawk Megan Meyer played 4:33 of the game and called 0 points and an assist.

Up Next: The Hawkeyes’ next stop is the 2021 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, taking on the winner of the UConn vs. Syracuse game. Date, tipoff and TV designation are yet to be set.

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