With Michigan’s women’s basketball team №6 hoping to break through to eight in the third quarter, Iowa quarterback Caitlin Clark struck a deep 3-point kick, increasing the Hockey’s lead to 11 at 5:03 by the end of the quarter. This would be the closest the Wolverines had to the end of the road, as the three-pointer Clark caused a surge in Iowa, which helped solidify the victory by giving the Hawks a share of the Big Ten title.
Wolverine’s defense was able to find consistency after a strong start to the game. Thus, Michigan was unable to restrain Iowa’s 3-point attack as the Hawk’s Eyes struck 16 of 29 from depth.
“Iowa has played incredible,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arica said. “They made 16 threes. I think it’s hard to resist (this). “
It seemed that after the first quarter, “Raamahi” will have a strong defensive game.
In the first eight minutes of the game Michigan scored in the “Hockey” only 12 points with 33% shooting. Wolverines provided rebounds in defense to nullify the second chance.
As a result of a strong internal defense Iowa began to attack from behind the arc, scoring two three-pointers in the last two minutes of the first.
With all the defense focus on Clark, the other players began to thrive. . In the second quarter, Michigan fell by two with a score of 3:36. Michigan expected the blow to come from Clark – putting on her two defenders. As a result of the team’s double, Clark gave the ball to the wide-open Hawkeyes forward Addison O’Grady, who easily repulsed the jumper. That would have been the topic of the quarter since Clark finished with four assists in the second.
After that, the rest of the second quarter was in Iowa, scoring 13 of 18 off the field and hitting eight of the last nine attempts in the first half. Michigan failed to keep up with the shooting rate of the poor 26.7% off the field.
“I think some of our cadres have led to some transition for them,” Barnes Arica said. “They were able to get a few quick points and it really ignited them and they started moving. They started to make threes, and their confidence rose a little in the second quarter. ”
A late surge at the end of the first half put Wolverine’s defense on the skates. Senior forward Naz Hillman had a hard time defending in the first half, scoring minus 14 in the first half. Although this burden does not fall entirely on her, as her use has constantly exposed her to fire from Iowa’s heinous crime.
After the break, Michigan regained its defensive composure in the second half, keeping Iowa without points for the first two minutes. Strong defense would provide opportunities in attack.
After several strikes, the Wolverines twice reduced their lead to eight in the third quarter. But every time he hoped to stop, Clark shattered his dreams, scoring four three-pointers only in the third quarter, nullifying Michigan’s score.
Clark later scored 3-point shots and led Iowa to 14 with a score of 1:11, remaining in third.
“I felt like we were in pretty good shape when we reached eight,” Barnes Arica said. “We came out in the third quarter, playing really well, and then the back of the second, the back of the third really hurt us. We traded threes for twos or missed throws for threes. It was really difficult to resist that. “
Clark’s strong third quarter put the Hawkeyes 17 ahead in the fourth. Michigan had hoped to remain competitive in the game, but Iowa thought otherwise, scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter with a ridiculous 80% shooting. Offering a change of pace, Clark made no attempt to strike in the fourth, but instead relied on her pass to create an offensive.
But it underscored how deadly the Hawk’s Eye crime was and how powerless the Wolverines were to stop it – whether Clark demolished the three-pointers or found her teammates, Iowa shot at all cylinders, scoring a whopping 104 points.