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NCAAW Preview: No. 17 Indiana hits the road to face Iowa

The No. 17 Indiana Hoosiers look to stay in the Big Ten race with a win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Indiana University’s Mackenzie Holmes (54) celebrates...
Mackenzie Holmes has been an offensive force in her sophomore season.
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The No. 17 Indiana Hoosiers are on the road against the Iowa Hawkeyes Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Hoosiers have won five of their last six games while the Hawkeyes have won just two of their last six.

The Hoosiers have only one loss against an unranked opponent this season, a loss to the then-unranked Tennessee Lady Volunteers on Dec. 17. This game marks Iowa’s fifth against a ranked opponent with the team having been unable to earn a win against a Top 25 team this season.

The Hoosiers are led by sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes, who has scored at least 13 points in 13 of Indiana’s 14 games. Holmes is averaging 17.8 points and is shooting 59 percent from the floor. Point guard Grace Berger has had a well-rounded stat line (15.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists), but will have her hands full with Iowa’s point guard Caitlin Clark.

Clark is averaging 25.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 6.2 rebounds and has reached 30 points five times this season. Junior forward Monika Czinano will pose a threat to the Hoosiers in the paint, as she averages 19.6 points and 6.2 rebounds.

Here’s what to expect from the matchup and how to watch:


Game Information

No. 17 Indiana Hoosiers (10-4, 8-2 Big Ten) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (10-5, 6-5 Big Ten)

When: Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ET

Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA

How to watch/listen: ESPN2/Radio: Iowa Feed (TuneIn) or WHCC 105.1

What to watch: The individual matchups of Holmes vs. Czinano and Berger vs. Clark should be the determining factors in who wins the game. The Hawkeyes’ defense has been lackluster this season, allowing 80.4 points, so the onus will be on their offense to outscore the Hoosiers in order to secure the upset.