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Iowa Women’s Basketball Shines in Pink Jerseys as Caitlin Clark Secures Triple-Double

In a dazzling display of skill and passion, the Iowa women’s basketball team, donning pink-trimmed jerseys as part of the Play 4 Kay initiative, delivered a spectacular performance against the Illinois Illini at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday. The No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes (24-4) triumphed with a convincing 101-85 victory, showcasing teamwork and precision on the court.

The star of the show, Caitlin Clark, recorded her fifth triple-double of the season and the 16th of her illustrious career. With 24 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists, Clark’s on-court prowess was on full display. The game also marked a significant milestone as Iowa unveiled a No. 22 decal on the court, commemorating the point where Clark broke the record for the most career points in women’s basketball history.

Ahead of the Illinois matchup, Clark, already the all-time women’s basketball leading scorer, was just 50 points away from matching the NCAA men’s and women’s scoring record held by Pete Maravich. The senior guard’s impact on the game extended beyond scoring, with her remarkable court vision and ability to lead fast break opportunities.

The Hawkeyes dominated the game from start to finish, with four players scoring in double digits and a remarkable 17 three-pointers, marking their second-highest output from behind the arc this season. The team’s ball movement and fast break points showcased their fluidity and control, leaving the Illini struggling to find defensive answers.

Wearing pink-trimmed uniforms as a part of the Play 4 Kay initiative, the Hawkeyes paid tribute to legendary coach Kay Yow, raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Each player, including Clark with the nameplate “Keough” on her jersey, honored a loved one during this breast cancer awareness game.

While Clark’s performance on the court is widely celebrated, her impact off the court is equally noteworthy. The recent release of the Caitlin Clark jersey, meticulously fashioned from high-quality materials, allows fans to proudly display their allegiance to the Iowa Hawkeyes and the women’s basketball team. Clark’s journey from a small-town upbringing to becoming a basketball sensation is a testament to her dedication and love for the game.

Amidst the excitement at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the energetic voice of Dave Gallagher, the long-time public-address announcer for Iowa women’s basketball, added another layer of passion to the game. Gallagher’s unique style and unwavering support for the team have made him a beloved figure among fans. His journey from a large family in Grinnell to the scorer’s table at Carver-Hawkeye Arena reflects a deep connection to the Hawkeye spirit.

As the regular season progresses, the Iowa women’s basketball team, guided by Coach Lisa Bluder, continues to capture hearts and make history. With the iconic pink jerseys symbolizing both a cause and a commitment to excellence, the Hawkeyes look poised for a memorable postseason run. Whether Caitlin Clark decides to extend her collegiate career or transition to the WNBA, her impact on the game and the Iowa Hawkeyes will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy.