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Kate Martin scores career-high 25 points as No. 2 Iowa shoots efficiently in win over Drake

Caitlin Clark led the team with 35 points and 10 assists.
Grace Smith
Iowa guard Kate Martin takes a shot during a basketball game between No. 2 Iowa and Drake at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. Martin shot 10-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 in three-pointers. The Hawkeyes defeated the Bulldogs in the sold-out arena, 113-90.

The No. 2 Iowa women’s basketball team returned to its last-season self in a 113-90 win against the Drake Bulldogs Sunday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes, after struggling from the field in a loss to Kansas State on Thursday, shot 64 percent from the field, 54 percent from deep, and 91 percent from the free throw line in a big bounce-back shooting performance tonight.

Caitlin Clark broke the NCAA record for most 30-point games in a career, finishing the night with 35 points and 10 assists.

But sixth-year graduate student Kate Martin stole the show, finishing with a career-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting. 

“All week, my teammates and coaches have been building me up, and I just shot it with confidence,” Martin said in the post-game press conference. “It’s not fun when you don’t make a three in the first four games.”

Center Sharon Goodman and guard Molly Davis also finished with double-digit points, scoring 15 and 10, respectively. 

The Hawkeyes shot 54 percent from three, going 13-of-24.

“I thought our players outside of me played really well and stepped up,” Clark said. “Kate played really well tonight, and that’s something we really need from her and something that she’s very capable of doing every single night.”

Iowa shot a season-best 64 percent on 70 attempts against the Bulldogs. During last season’s run to the NCAA National Championship, Iowa led the NCAA in field goal percentage with 51 percent. 

“I thought we came out and resumed playing Iowa basketball,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said. “I thought our energy level was a lot better out there tonight, and we were more focused.”

Coming into this game, Martin was shooting zero percent from three on eight attempts in four previous games — but would turn it around by going 3-of-4 from three against the Bulldogs and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.

“Kate had a special game for us and played tonight like how she was playing during the summer,” Bluder said.

Bluder is referencing this past summer during the team’s trip to Italy and Croatia when Martin — a three-year starter who averaged a career-high 7.7 points last season — shot confidently and consistently as the Hawkeyes blew past the Croatian and Italian All-Star teams.

Molly Davis had her second-consecutive 10-point game and went 2-of-2 from three after missing her previous four attempts in previous games.

Both Bluder and Clark mentioned how much Davis has grown with the team since transferring to Iowa last season from Central Michigan. 

“She’s not going to shy away from the moment,” Clark said. “[Molly] is somebody that’s had a lot of experience playing basketball and has been playing really good since the beginning of the year.” 

Iowa even got a spark off of the bench when second-year guard Taylor McCabe came in during the second quarter and went 2-of-2 from three. 

The Hawkeyes’ knowledge of putting the ball into the bucket helped on the other side of the floor as they also held a Bulldogs team that came into Carver averaging over 40 percent on 12 threes attempted per game to just 26 percent tonight. 

“I thought we could have honestly played a little bit better defense,” Clark said. “The offense [Drake] runs is really good.”

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Cooper Worth
Cooper Worth, Pregame reporter
Cooper Worth is a Pregame Reporter for The Daily Iowan. He is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and mass communication. He is also earning a minor in communication studies and an entrepreneurial management certificate. This is his third year at the DI, previously serving as a News Editor and as a News Reporter covering local government in Johnson County for the DI. Cooper interned for the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa during the summer of 2023 as a general news reporter.
Grace Smith
Grace Smith, Senior photojournalist and filmmaker
Grace Smith is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Cinematic Arts. In her four years at The Daily Iowan, she has held the roles of photo editor, managing summer editor, and visual storyteller. Outside of The Daily Iowan, Grace has held an internship at The Denver Post and pursued freelance assignments for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Des Moines Register.