Iowa women finish sweep of Indiana

IOWA CITY — Monika Czinano scored 31 points and had 10 rebounds, and Caitlin Clark added 29 points, as No. 21 Iowa defeated No. 10 Indiana 88-82 on Monday night.

It was the second time in three days the Hawkeyes (18-7, 12-4 Big Ten) defeated the Hoosiers (19-6, 11-4), a schedule change caused by the postponement of the Jan. 23 game at Iowa because of COVID-19 issues within the Hoosiers.

Czinano, third in the nation in field-goal percentage, was 13 of 17 from the field. She had nine points in Iowa’s 11-0 fourth-quarter run that gave the Hawkeyes a 76-70 lead.

Clark, the nation’s leading scorer at 26.8 points per game, was 9 of 20 from the field, but went 9 of 9 in free throws. She also had eight rebounds and eight assists.

Iowa won 96-91 on Saturday, leading by as much as 24 points in the third quarter before the Hoosiers scored 42 fourth-quarter points to make the game close.

The Hoosiers carried that momentum into this game. Indiana built a 52-41 halftime lead, turning 14 Iowa turnovers into 23 points. Iowa had seven turnovers during a 14-0 run that gave the Hoosiers a 48-36 lead with 2:34 to play in the second quarter.

McKenna Warnock added 16 points for the Hawkeyes.

Grace Berger led Indiana with 22 points. Nicole Cardano-Hillary had 15 points. Mackenzie Holmes had 13 points. Ali Patberg and Chloe Moore-McNeil had 11.


Czinano announced late Sunday that she would return next season, taking advantage of the extra season granted by the NCAA last season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The return of Czinano, an All-Big Ten first-team selection last season, means all five starters for the Hawkeyes are expected back next season.


The Hawkeyes moved into a second-place tie with Ohio State and Maryland, a half-game behind Big Ten leader Michigan. Iowa closes the season at home against Michigan on Sunday.

The Hoosiers fell into fifth place, a game out of first place. They will play two less games in the conference because of three COVID-19 postponements in January.


The Hoosiers nearly fell out of the top 10, dropping five spots when Monday’s rankings were released. Iowa has a chance to move into the top 20 with two games later in the week.


Indiana: At No. 13 Maryland on Friday.

Iowa: At Rutgers on Thursday.