The second-ranked Iowa women’s basketball team showcased their dominance on Sunday night as they cruised to a resounding 113-90 victory over the Drake Bulldogs at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. With the win, Iowa improved their season record to an impressive 4-1.
Leading the charge for the Hawkeyes was graduate student Kate Martin, who had a career night with a new personal best of 25 points. Furthermore, All-American Caitlin Clark proved her prowess once again, contributing a staggering 35 points while also notching a career-high seven steals.
Iowa wasted no time asserting their dominance, putting up an impressive 37 points in the first quarter alone. Clark led the charge with 11 points, while Martin and Molly Davis each added seven. This remarkable opening quarter tied for the third-highest scoring quarter in the history of the program, setting the tone for the rest of the game.
The Hawkeyes continued their offensive onslaught in the second quarter, setting a new school record by scoring 64 points in a single half. They closed out the first half on a 12-0 run, heading into halftime with a commanding lead. Clark had an outstanding first-half performance, accumulating 17 points, while Sharon Goodman and Martin each contributed 11 points.
Maintaining their momentum, the Hawkeyes displayed unrivaled efficiency in the third quarter. Sydney Affolter, Clark, and Martin were perfect from the field, combining for 25 points in the period. The team’s relentless effort and precision allowed them to extend their lead further.
Iowa continued to dominate in the final quarter, demonstrating consistency by scoring over 20 points in each quarter. As a testament to their depth, all players on the Hawkeyes’ roster saw action during the game, highlighting the team’s collective strength and unity.
The victory over the Drake Bulldogs showcased the Iowa women’s basketball team’s exceptional skill, depth, and determination. With standout performances from Kate Martin and Caitlin Clark, the Hawkeyes proved once again why they are a formidable force in women’s college basketball.
As the season progresses, Iowa’s strong start will undoubtedly fuel their ambitions for success. With their impressive offensive firepower, tenacious defense, and a roster full of talented players, the Hawkeyes have firmly established themselves as one of the top contenders to watch out for in the nation.