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Iowa update: Caitlin Clark dazzles in homecoming game as No. 4 Hawkeyes steamroll Cleveland State

Before a sold-out crowd in Des Moines, the hometown girl and her squad put the “show” in showcase.

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Caitlin Clark celebrates after hitting one her nine 3-pointers.
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In a night filled with enough black and yellow dominance to make Wiz Khalifa proud, the No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes handily defeated the Cleveland State Vikings 104-75 in the HyVee Showcase at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The men’s team preceded them with a dominating victory of their own over FAMU, 88-52.

“It was just a great atmosphere,” said head coach Lisa Bluder. “It felt a little bit like a tournament atmosphere again. It was electric and I think a lot of these people haven’t been able to see us play live and so it was an opportunity for them to do so. I thought we did a nice job putting on a good show.”

Of course, it wouldn’t have been so dominant if not for the Des Moines native, Caitlin Clark.

She went on a tear before her hometown crowd, finishing with 38 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. In the process, she also finished with a career-high nine 3-pointers. She was feeling it! So much so that there were times when she would chuck it from 3 and run back to the other end of the court, anticipating that it was going in. After the game, Clark shared:

My shot felt good. Anytime you play a zone defense, which we don’t hardly ever see, you should be able to get good looks from 3 and I thought we did a really good job of getting the ball into the high post and our shooters being able to spot up and have really good looks. I made nine, but I felt like a couple more could have dropped.

She also happened to pass former Iowa State star Ashley Joens for ninth on the NCAA’s Division I all-time scoring list.

But Clark wasn’t all by herself in the festivities. Kate Martin held it down in virtually every category with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists. Hannah Stuelke was back in full form after a recent injury, coming off the bench and finishing with a double-double of 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Sharon Goodman also was stellar on the glass, finishing with 10 rebounds of her own as well as eight points.

Molly Davis showcased her ever-evolving playmaking skills with nine points and three assists. Gabbie Marshall had some good looks and was able to contribute five points. Sydney Affolter was all over the floor as she came away with six points, six rebounds, and three assists.

In essence, everyone that was expected to step up did so.

Some notable stats include:

  • Iowa’s free throw shooting: The Hawkeyes were 26-for-28 (92.9 percent) from the free throw line. They were solid from the field (50.7 percent), but struggled from beyond the arc as a whole (32.26 percent). So they compensated with a nearly-perfect performance at the stripe. Four players—Clark, Martin, Affolter, Goodman and Kylie Feuerbach—made all their free throws, with Martin going 9-for-9.
  • Rebounding: Thanks to Stuelke, Goodman, Martin and Affolter, the Hawkeyes dominated on the boards with 49 total rebounds compared to the Vikings’ 21.

No. 4 Iowa (10-1, 1-0) will be back at home to take on Loyola University at Chicago (5-4) on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 5:00pm CST.