Clark Shines In Her NCAA Tournament Debut, Iowa Eases By CMU

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Freshman Caitlin Clark, the nation’s leading scorer, had 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Monika Czinano also scored 23 points, and No. 5 seed Iowa beat 12th-seeded Central Michigan 87-72 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Clark was held to two points in the third quarter but teammate McKenna Warnock, who was scoreless in the first half, scored 11 straight Iowa points — capped by a 3-pointer to give the Hawkeyes a 63-52 lead. Clark scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to start Iowa’s 8-3 run to build an 18-point lead. Micaela Kelly finished with 23 points in 27 minutes for Central Michigan.  Iowa will meet 4 seed Kentucky in the 2nd round, the Wildcats topped 13 seed Idaho State 71-63.  Tip between the Hawkeyes and Wildcats Tuesday is 2:30.

Game Notes: 

  • The University of Iowa Hawkeyes (19-9, 11-8) defeated Central Michigan (18-9, 13-6), 87-72, improving the Hawkeyes’ all-time NCAA Tournament First Round record, 13-7.
  • Sophomore McKenna Warnock registered her third consecutive double-double, tallying 13 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures, including freshman Caitlin Clark (23), junior Monika Czinano (23), Warnock (13), and redshirt sophomore Kate Martin (13)..
Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, right, shoots over Central Michigan guard Molly Davis (14) during the second half of a college basketball game in the first round of the women’s NCAA tournament at the Alamodome, Sunday, March 21, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)