Tuesday, March 5, 2024

It started in October with Crossover at Kinnick—when more than 55,000 Iowa women’s basketball fans turned out at the football stadium on a chilly fall day to watch a preseason scrimmage against DePaul. 

Watch the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament 

The Iowa women's basketball team will play in the quarterfinals agains the winner of the Wisconsin vs. Penn State matchup at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Minneapolis. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. 

Find the full tournament schedule here

Then season tickets at Carver-Hawkeye Arena sold out for the first time in program history.

Now, a seven-story billboard downtown.

Women’s basketball royalty Lynette Woodard and Maya Moore in attendance at Sunday’s regular season finale.

Not to mention the likes of rapper Travis Scott, Major League Baseball legend Nolan Ryan, oh, and Jake from State Farm (Kevin Miles).

President Biden even weighed in on social media.

The national spotlight is on the Iowa women’s basketball team—and the nation’s all-time leading scorer Caitlin Clark—like it’s never been before. And we’re soaking it all in.

Relive Sunday’s win over Ohio State and the senior day presentation in this photo gallery

If you’ve been following along, you know that women’s basketball and Caitlin Clark have been dominating news casts and social media feeds for weeks. But what we’ve seen in recent days has been next level. 

Here are a couple of stories that stand out.

You’ve likely seen the photos of girls who bring creative signs to Carver Hawkeye Arena, hoping to catch Clark’s attention. This letter to the editor, published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is a good example of how Clark has transcended the game.

And if you weren’t lucky enough to be in Carver on Sunday, this Washington Post story does a great job of capturing just how awesomely unusual it was.

And this team is not done yet.

The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament begins Wednesday in Minneapolis (the tournament’s first sell-out in history) and our beloved Hawks will play the winner of the Wisconsin vs. Penn State matchup at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Then, March Madness truly begins March 17 with Selection Sunday and we’ll find out if the Hawkeyes will host first and second round NCAA tournament games as they have in the past.

Thank you to the entire team for taking us along for the ride.