Monika Czinano near-perfect to lead Iowa at halftime

Czinano went 9-of-10 from the field in the first half for the Hawkeyes.


Kate Heston

Iowa’s Monkia Czinano (25) goes up for a shot during a second round game of the Big 10 women’s basketball tournament. Iowa, ranked #6, took on #11 Purdue in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Wednesday night. (Kate Heston/The Daily Iowan)

Chloe Peterson, Sports Reporter

INDIANAPOLIS – Iowa junior center Monika Czinano is seeing the ball well through 20 minutes of play against the Purdue Boilermakers, going 9-of-10 from the field to lead Iowa with 18 points. At halftime, Iowa leads Purdue, 37-36.

Czinano accounts for almost half of Iowa’s 37 points, and went a perfect 9-of-9 until she missed on her tenth attempt.

Freshman point guard Caitlin Clark has 11 points on the night, after going 1-of-7 in the first quarter. Clark also leads the team in rebounds and assists at halftime, with five apiece. She is 3-of-12 from the field, and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe.

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Sophomore guard Kate Martin has is right behind Clark with four rebounds and four assists, along with two points.

Sixth-seeded Iowa is currently matching up against 11th-seeded Purdue at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Twenty minutes of game time is left, and the game is being aired on FS2.

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