Iowa 96, Purdue 71

Iowa vs Purdue


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Caitlin Clark finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and No. 3 Iowa made 15 3-pointers as the Hawkeyes routed Purdue 96-71.

Clark now has 15 career triple-doubles, four this season.

Iowa (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten) extended its winning streak to 13 in a row since a Nov. 16 loss to Kansas State. Last year's national runner-up also has won eight straight in this series.

The Boilermakers (9-6, 2-2) were led by Abbey Ellis with 15 points. Caitlyn Harper added 13 as Purdue's three-game winning streak ended.

It didn't take Clark — or her teammates — long to take charge in front of Purdue's fourth home sellout crowd in program history.

Clark made her first two 3s, quickly erasing the memory of a 0 for 6 game in her only other appearance in West Lafayette, Indiana. She finished 6 of 14 from beyond the arc, helping the Hawkeyes record their second-highest single-game total of the season.

The only real miscue for Clark came late in the third quarter when she drew a technical foul.

By then, it didn't matter.

Five different Iowa players combined for seven 3s in the first quarter as it built a 29-18 lead. The Hawkeyes extended the halftime margin to 51-37 and the Boilermakers couldn't get closer than 11 in the second half.


Iowa: Clark's passing and shot-making skills make the Hawkeyes one of women's basketball's feature attractions. But this is not just a one-player team. Five Iowa players scored in double figures and six made 3s. If Clark continues getting that kind of help, they could make a second straight Final Four run.

Purdue: Coach Katie Gearlds has the Boilermakers on the right trajectory, though this team still has a long journey to compete with a team such as Iowa. Purdue did a solid job trading jobs early. But the Hawkeyes made the Boilermakers stingy, trademark defense look beatable.


Clark drew loud cheers during pregame player introductions, after making shots and especially after a nifty behind-the-back pass led to an easy layup. So why were Purdue fans booing when she made a 3-pointer from the Keady Court logo with 5.6 seconds left in the first half? The refs called a foul that could have resulted in a four-point play. Instead, they erased the basket, saying it occurred on the floor — a call even the Purdue fans disagreed with.

Iowa athletics press release

January 10, 2024