The Hawkeyes opened the B1G season defeating Wisconsin 85-78. For the Hawkeyes: Caitlin Clark had 23 points and 3 assists; Monika Czinano 18 points and 9 rebounds and Gabbie Marshall 15 points. The Badgers were paced by Sydney Hilliard with 26 points while Imani Lewis pitched in 17 points and 11 rebounds. From three the Hawkeyes were 11-28 and Wisconsin 4-11.
“It is great to start on a good note in the Big Ten,” said sophomore guard Gabbie Marshall. “As a young team especially, and get that first win in the Big Ten and keep going from there.”
Marshall played a major role in Iowa joining the conference win column. Three days after her defense provided a spark at Drake, she scored 15 points against the Badgers and made 3 of 5 from distance. Marshall and teammate Kate Martin swiped a game-high three steals.
The timeliness of Marshall’s scoring was paramount: 11 of her points came in the second and third quarters. During that stretch, Iowa outscored Wisconsin, 37-36.
“Credit to my teammates. They made the right passes and I put myself in the right position so they could find me,” Marshall said. “It is easy when you have such good passers on your team to find an open spot and I found the open shot.”
The Hawkeyes extend their home winning streak to 38, and like a majority of those, this was a group effort. Freshman Caitlin Clark overcame an off shooting game to score 23. Junior Monika Czinano added 18 and sophomore McKenna Warnock scored 12