Hawkeyes ranked 9th in AP preseason poll

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 3:43 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The University of Iowa women’s team is ranked 9th in the country in the Associated Press’ preseason poll.

This is the highest preseason ranking for the Hawkeyes in 25 years. They were ranked 6th in the 1996-97 preseason poll.

The Hawks finished the 2020-21 season with a 20-10 record overall (11-8 in the Big Ten), advancing to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament. They return this year with all five of their starters - Caitlin Clark, Monika Czinano, Gabbie Marshall, Kate Martin, and Mckenna Warnock.

Clark was named National Co-Freshman of the Year, consensus All-American, the Dawn Staley Award recipient, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and unanimous First Team All-Big Ten. She won her third gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2021 FIBA U119 World Cup and was named the tournament MVP.

Czinano also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. The pair led the nation in seven statistical categories, including Czinano ranking first in field-goal percentage at 66.8%, and Clark leading in points per game with 26.6 and total assists by accumulating 214.

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