Another Caitlin Clark triple-double fuels Iowa women's basketball's rout over Minnesota

Dargan Southard
Hawk Central

The Iowa women's basketball team usually gets right when Minnesota is the opponent. Thursday evening in Minneapolis was no different. 

Backed by a robust offensive effort that practically ran the Golden Gophers off the court, the Hawkeyes had no drama at Williams Arena in rolling to a 105-49 victory.

Iowa (11-4, 5-1 Big Ten Conference) has won six straight games against Minnesota and eight of the last 10. 

This drubbing looked like typical Lisa Bluder basketball. The Hawkeyes shook off their recent 3-point struggles with a solid 9-for-18 downtown effort, buoyed by Caitlin Clark's re-discovered outside prowess. The sophomore star led the way with four treys as part of a 35-point outing on 14-for-21 shooting.

Add in 10 assists with 12 rebounds, and Clark is now one triple-double away from tying the conference record of six. After racking up one in Sunday's win over Nebraska, she is the first Big Ten player with triple-doubles in consecutive games.    

Everyone else took the cue and ran with it. Back in her home state with her sister on the opposing bench, senior Monika Czinano poured in 23 points and seven rebounds while going 9-for-10 at the line. Gabbie Marshall added a season-high 16 points without missing a shot. She drained three treys, equaling the number she hit in the previous three games combined. 

Iowa had a double-digit lead less than halfway through the first quarter. Minnesota (9-10, 2-5) climbed within five before Iowa rolled to the finish line with little resistance. A 37-12 edge in the third quarter turned this one into a laugher. 

Iowa's Caitlin Clark, shown during a Dec. 18 game against Central Florida, had a triple-double Thursday against Minnesota (35 points, 10 assists, 12 rebounds).

In past Iowa seasons, a win this big over an overmatched opponent would make minimal waves. But given the shooting woes and scheduling turbulence the Hawkeyes have faced this year, a win like Thursday's carries more weight than usual.

Iowa needed a strong performance and got it with success in areas that have been lacking. If comparable offensive efforts follow, the Hawkeyes can surge back among the Big Ten's upper echelon.

Iowa returns to action Sunday at home against Illinois. 

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.