No. 9 Iowa women beat MSU 88-61 for coach Bluder’s 800th win

Published: Dec. 5, 2021 at 6:17 PM CST
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Caitlin Clark had her second triple-double of the season with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and McKenna Warnock had 21 points as No. 9 Iowa beat Michigan State 88-61 for coach Lisa Bluder’s 800th career victory.

Monika Czinano added 19 points as the Hawkeyes bounced back from Thursday’s 79-64 loss to Duke.

That was their first game since Nov. 17 after a COVID-19 outbreak within the program forced the cancellation of three games. Bluder is 800-377 in her career and 444-235 at Iowa.

800 wins is a only something a small number of coaches have achieved in college coaching. Her athletes are very excited for this moment.

“I think she’s the best of all time,” said Caitlin Clark, a sophomore guard, “and I think she downs plays it sometimes but she deserves this and I’m so happy for her.”

“All the coaches everyone else knows that Coach Bluder is even a better person,” said Mckenna Warnock, a junior guard and forward. “We talk a lot about our vision and our culture and coach Bluder really strives for that and she’s really the foundation of it.”

Coach Bluder was very happy with her achievement.

“You know for me and my 22nd year here at Iowa, I am very fortunate,” said Bluder. “It is special being on your home court obviously and just sharing that with your family and these guys, I mean honestly, these women on this team are so much fun and I enjoy them so much, so I’m very thankful that I get to be around them every day.”

Nia Clouden led Michigan State with 18 points.

Bluder and the Hawkeyes head to Ames to play Iowa State in their Cy-Hawk match up on Wednesday.

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