January 26, 2022 

Daily Briefing — Jan. 26, 2022: Caitlin Clark, TCU set very different records

How will Tennessee replace Keyen Green?

Happy hump day! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List, and Yesterday’s Recap! Day 78 of college basketball is here, following Caitlin Clark breaking another Big 10 record — this time for assists — and TCU becoming the first team to ever score the loneliest number across an entire quarter.

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W Roundup

Phoenix: Formally announced Vanessa Nygaard as its next coach a couple days ago. Our Mercury reporter, Alex Simon, contextualized the move with insights from general manager Jim Pitman, the NBA’s investigation of owner Robert Sarver, and roster moves.


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Watch List, Wednesday, Jan. 26

Must-watch

None

Good games

Utah @ #19 Oregon, 2 p.m., Pac-12 Network

#10 UConn @ RV DePaul, 8 p.m., SNY (New York’s regional NBC Sports network)

Also watchable

Tulane @ RV* UCF, 6 p.m., ESPN+

RV Kansas @ #13 Iowa State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN+

Sickos games

None

Tuesday, Jan. 25 recap

#4 Tennessee: Backup center Keyen Green suffered a torn Achilles in Sunday’s win over Georgia. The sixth-year doctoral student’s career is almost certainly over, and the Vols will likely turn to Karoline Striplin — the composite^ No. 49 freshman in the country — to fill her role.

#23 Iowa: 107-79 win over Penn State. Shot 58.9% from the field and 52.0% from three; out-rebounded the Nittany Lions by 19; assisted on 37 of its 44 buckets — tied for the ninth-most assists in the Her Hoop Stats era; Penn State notched 11 steals; the Hawkeyes forced 17 turnovers. Point guard Caitlin Clark finished three rebounds shy of another triple-double, finishing with 20 points on 6-for-17 from the field and 4-for-10 from three, seven rebounds, and a Big Ten-record 17 assists — also good for fourth-most in the HHS era — against four turnovers in 35 minutes; wing McKenna Warnock scored a game-high 25 points on 10-for-12 shooting (3-3 3pt.) with seven rebounds (three offensive), four assists, and three steals against three turnovers; center Monika Czinano had 24 points on 12-for-18 FG and nine rebounds; off-ball guard Gabbie Marshall notched 12 points on 4-for-8 from three, three rebounds, and three assists. Penn State point guard Makenna Marisa had 32 points on 9-for-18 from the field, 2-for-6 from three, and 12-for-14 from the line, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals against two turnovers.

TCU: 66-54 loss to West Virginia. The fifth-worst offense in the Power 5 needed 10.5 minutes to score its second point, the second time a team has ever scored just one (or fewer) points in a quarter.

Blown leads

Chicago State: 67-64 win over New Mexico. Trailed 55-23 entering the fourth quarter, then went +15 in the period.

Cancellations

  • #20 Notre Dame @ Virginia
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Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the WNBA at large and college basketball for The Next, with a focus on player development and the game behind the game.

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