On Friday night at Chiles Center, the ninth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes prevailed over the eighth-ranked Oregon State Beavers by a score of 73-59 to advance to the championship game of the PK Legacy women’s basketball tournament. The victory was helped along by Caitlin Clark’s scoring of 28 points for Iowa.
Clark, who was named the Big Ten’s player of the year for the previous season, scored early and frequently on his way to a total of 18 points, making 12 of his 23 attempts from the field. Clark now has nine rebounds and eight assists to add to his stat line.
Oregon State Unable to Overcome Poor Second Half Shooting Against Iowa
Oregon State was only able to make 31% of their shots in the second half, which contributed to the Hawkeyes (6-1) building a lead of as high as 17 points in the second half. Any attempt at a comeback was thwarted by this.
The game for third place between Oregon State (4-1) and Duke will take place at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday at 7 o’clock in the evening. Sunday morning’s championship game for the PK Legacy will be held at Moda Center and will feature either Iowa or Connecticut. The title will be awarded to the winner.
The Beavers were led in scoring by Talia von Oelhoffen with 22 points and Shalexxus Aaron with 17 points. Monika Czinano, who played for Iowa, had a game-high 17 points, 13 of which she scored before halftime.
The combination of Clark and Czinano’s scoring in the first half gave the Hawkeyes a significant advantage going into the break with a lead of 44 points. The Hawkeyes pulled out to an early lead thanks to Oregon State’s sluggish start. The Iowa Hawkeyes made 53 percent of their shots in the first half.
The Beavers Struggle to Score in the First Quarter, but Catch Up in the Second
On their first seven attempts, the Beavers were unable to score a goal. The score was 9-0 in favour of Iowa when von Oelhoffen scored for Oklahoma State. They were successful with six of their last nine shots in the first quarter, putting them to a score of 19-16, only one point behind the leader.
The first minute of the second quarter began with the score tied at 19 thanks to a three-pointer that was made by von Oelhoffen. Before Clark took over, the buckets were passed back and forth several times between the two squads.
When Iowa was trailing by two points, Clark went on a scoring run of ten points in a row to put Iowa back in the lead for good. Because Czinano had scored six points by the end of the first half, the Hawkeyes had a seven-point lead going into the locker room.
Iowa maintained their 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter after improving their defence throughout the game. The Iowa Hawkeyes went more than five minutes without scoring in the third quarter of the game. However, Oregon State’s Bendu Yeaney’s three-point play helped Iowa maintain a lead of three points over its opponent.
The Buckeyes maintained their offensive assault, which ultimately resulted in a score against the Hawkeyes. Yeaney and Aaron each scored a basket with 7 minutes and 7 seconds remaining, cutting the opponent’s lead to 57-51. However, the good times didn’t stick around for very long.
The Iowa Hawkeyes extended their lead to more than ten points thanks to Clark, who was instrumental in the team’s victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes for the first time this season.