February 20, 2022
Daily Briefing — Feb. 20, 2022: Hawkeye State — Iowa teams progress towards conference titles
Indiana scores 42 points in a quarter?!
Happy Sunday! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List, and Yesterday’s Recap! Day 103 of college basketball is here, following a couple of momentous upset wins from the Iowa teams. In the Big Ten, Iowa upset Indiana to put itself firmly in regular-season-title contention, while over in the Big 12, the Cyclones beat down Oklahoma to give itself some breathing room atop the conference standings.
- Micaela Kelly: Signed a training-camp deal with Indiana.
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Watch List, Sunday, Feb. 20
(All times in Eastern)
#13 Maryland @ #9 Michigan, 3 p.m., BTN
#17 Florida @ #11 LSU, 4 p.m., SEC Network
#12 Tennessee @ #1 South Carolina, 1 p.m., ABC(!)
#23 Virginia Tech @ #3 Louisville, 2 p.m., ACC Network
Utah @ UCLA, 3 p.m., Pac-12 Los Angeles
#2 Stanford @ RV Oregon, 4 p.m., ESPN2
Pitt @ Virginia, 4 p.m., ACC Network
Pac-12 or Big 10 on national television (or national streaming)
Purdue @ Rutgers, 1 p.m., BTN
Northwestern @ Illinois, 5 p.m., BTN
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Saturday, Feb. 19 recap
#5 Indiana, #22 Iowa: The Hawkeyes beat the Hoosiers 96-91. Iowa led 71-49, which means Indiana had a 42-point fourth quarter, which… I do not understand how that is possible. Like, I know the Hawkeye defense is really bad, but…. Indiana missed 12 shots in the quarter and still scored 42 points?! Grace Berger increased her threes on the season by 50% in just the period?! Just… what?!
Anyway, Iowa out-shot the Hoosiers by 14.2 percentage points from the field and 24.0 from three, while assisting on 27 of its 34 buckets; the Hawkeyes had a +14 rebounding margin; Iowa committed 18 turnovers to Indiana’s eight; the teams combined for 45 fouls. Center Monika Czinano led the Hawkeyes with 22 points on 9-for-13 FG, six rebounds, and two assists against two turnovers; wing McKenna Warnock returned after missing the past four games, finishing with 21 points on 6-for-8 from the field (3-4 3pt.) and 6-for-6 from the line, six rebounds, and five assists against four fouls in 23 minutes; point guard Caitlin Clark notched an 18-point, 12-assist double-double on 7-for-17 shooting (1-5 3pt., 3-6 FT) with four rebounds against four turnovers and four fouls in 36 minutes; off-ball guard Kate Martin had 13 points on 5-for-8 FG (2-3 3pt.), eight rebounds, and five assists against five turnovers.
Big Aleksa Gulbe led the Hoosiers with 22 points on 5-for-12 from the field (1-4 3pt.) and 11-for-12 from the line, four rebounds, two assists, and three blocks; point guard Grace Berger had 21 points on 9-for-21 shooting (2-5 3pt.), six rebounds, four assists, and five steals against three turnovers; combo guard Ali Patberg notched 18 points on 7-for-14 FG (1-4 3pt.), six rebounds (three offensive), and two assists against four unintentional fouls in 35 minutes; center Mackenzie Holmes once again played 23 minutes, matching her time from Thursday, her first action since Jan. 5.
#6 Iowa State, #15 Oklahoma: The Cyclones beat the Sooners 89-67. Iowa State shot 47.0% from the field and 40.0% from three while holding Oklahoma to 29.2% from deep; the Sooners committed 18 turnovers and 19 fouls. Wing Ashley Joens led the Cyclones with 28 points on 10-for-20 from the field and 3-for-10 from three, nine rebounds, and two steals; point guard Emily Ryan had 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting (3-7 3pt.), four rebounds, nine assists, and two steals against three turnovers; combo guard Lexi Donarski notched 14 points on 4-for-11 from three (1-2 from two), four assists, and three turnovers; bench off-ball guard Aubrey Joens scored 12 points on 4-for-8 from three with five rebounds and no turnovers — since Nov. 26, the sophomore has scored either 12 or more or three or fewer points in all but one game.
Oklahoma was led by wing Madi Williams’ 20 points on 7-for-15 from the field (1-5 3pt.) and 5-for-6 from the line, six rebounds, and two assists against two turnovers; backup combo forward/five-out center Skylar Vann scored 15 points in 17 minutes on 6-for-9 shooting (3-5 3pt.) with two assists.
#7 Baylor: 78-59 win over TCU. The Bears led by only three at halftime, before winning the third quarter 26-13. Baylor shot only 27.3% from three, but held the Horned Frogs to 32.8% from the field; notched 10 steals, part of 16 turnovers; the teams combined for 37 fouls. Big NaLyssa Smith led with 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting (0-1 3pt.) and eight rebounds against three turnovers and four fouls in 24 minutes; point guard Jordan Lewis had 12 points on 3-for-9 from the field (2-4 3pt.) and 4-for-9 from the line, five rebounds, and four assists against two turnovers; center Queen Egbo fouled-out in 29 minutes, finishing with a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double on 6-for-13 FG with five offensive boards, three blocks, and no turnovers; combo guard Sarah Andrews notched 12 points on 5-for-12 from the field and 2-for-6 from three and seven assists; off-ball guard Ja’Mee Asberry went 0-for-7 from three.
TDB Baylor 3-Point Shooting Watch: 6-for-22, 27.3% today; 179-for-515, 34.8% for the season (90th percentile in accuracy and 78th in volume, per Her Hoop Stats).
#12 Tennessee: Point wing Jordan Horston is out for a few weeks with a fracture-dislocation in her elbow. This is awful news for a player who seemed to recently be hitting her stride, and worse for the team, given she runs point for the Vols and is their lone tough-bucket-getter.
#25 FGCU: 63-52 win over North Florida. Were out-shot from the field by 6.2% percent, but forced 18 turnovers. Point guard Tishara Morehouse led with 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting (1-4 3pt.), eight rebounds, and three assists against five turnovers; off-ball guard Kendall Spray scored 12 points on 4-for-8 from three against two turnovers.
RV Princeton: 74-36 win over Yale. Won the middle half 34-13. Out-shot the Bulldogs by 14.9% from the field and 20.4% from three; had a +20 rebounding margin; notched 13 steals, part of 25 Yale turnovers; the teams combined for 34 fouls. Wing Abby Meyers led with 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting (1-2 3pt.), five rebounds, and three steals without a turnover; combo guard Kaitlyn Chen had 14 points on 5-for-10 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line, five assists, and three steals against four turnovers.
RV UCF: 68-31 win over Temple. Were +37 in 30 minutes, outside of a second quarter in which both teams scored eight points. Shot 45.3% from the field and 45.5% from three while holding the Owls to 23.1% and 8.3%, respectively; assisted on 21 of its 29 buckets; notched 11 steals, part of 21 Temple turnovers. Backup center Brittney Smith led with 14 points on 7-for-11 FG, seven rebounds (three offensive), and three steals without a turnover; backup combo guard Alisha Lewis had 12 points on 4-for-5 from three, five rebounds, and six assists against two turnovers; center Masseny Kaba notched 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting, six rebounds (three offensive), two assists, three steals, and four blocks against two turnovers.
RV Nebraska: Assistant coach Chuck Love, who’s been on head coach Amy Williams’ staff for a decade, was suspended without pay for the rest of the season for “a personal matter.” Then combo guard Ashley Scoggin entered the portal. Make of that what you will.
Buffalo: 83-71 win over Miami (OH). Point guard Dyaisha Fair led all scorers Saturday with 36 points on 10-for-23 from the field, 4-for-10 from three, and 12-for-15 from the line, plus seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals against four turnovers.
- South Dakota @ Western Illinois