Photos: NCAA women’s basketball first round press conferences and open practices
The NCAA on Thursday held first-round women’s basketball pregame press conferences and open workouts for second-seeded Iowa and 15th-seeded Illinois State. at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
At the Iowa press conference, head coach Lisa Bluder, who led her team to victory in the Big Ten Championship on March 6, spoke about the relationship that guard Caitlin Clark and center Monika Czinano maintain on the ground. “Monika knows Caitlin is going to give her the ball where she needs it,” Bluder said. “They like to play together and they rely on each other a lot.”
Illinois State guard Mary Crompton said facing the Clark and Czinano duo would be a challenge. “Obviously they are both incredibly talented players,” Crompton said, “and with one being a point forward and the other being a post, it can be hard to stop… “
Together, honorable mention AP All American Czinano and first-team AP All American Clark are averaging 45.8 points per game.
Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player Caitlin Clark spoke about Carver-Hawkeye Arena’s second sell-out of the season, scheduled for first-round games. “Tthere aren’t many places in the country for women’s basketball,” Clark said. “I’m so grateful that this community supports us the way we do.”
The Hawkeyes and Redbirds face off Friday in the sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 3:00 p.m. CST.