Iowa No.9 returns from COVID-19 break, loses to Duke 79-64 – .

Iowa No.9 returns from COVID-19 break, loses to Duke 79-64 – .

Freshman Shayeann Day-Wilson scored 19 points to help Duke beat Iowa No.9 79-64 on Wednesday night when the Hawkeyes returned from a COVID-19 hiatus that led to the cancellation of three games.
Celeste Taylor added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who didn’t hang around midway through the first quarter in this Big Ten / ACC Challenge game. Duke shot 44% and won despite shooting 6 of 21 for 3 points, but controlled the glass for a 45-35 advantage with a physical advantage on the inside.

Duke (7-0) led by eight at halftime, then held Iowa 1 of 12 shots out of the break to increase that margin to 18 points, securing sophomore coach Kara’s first victory. Lawson against a ranked opponent.

All-star guard Caitlin Clark scored 22 points for the Hawkeyes (4-1), with most of his production taking place on a brutal shooting night after Duke built his big lead. Monika Czinano had 21 points while providing a reliable presence at the post, but the Iowa outside shooters offered little balance, missing 16 of 19 3 points.

Clark, a preseason Associated Press All-American who came in with an average of 21.5 points, shot 9 of 27 from the field and 1 of 13 by 3 points. Clark also left the game for a streak in the fourth quarter after limping on her right leg, although she quickly came back after a coach massaged her knee at the end of the bench.

The Hawkeyes hadn’t played since their victory over Southern on Nov. 17. Three games were called off, first a home game with Drake followed by dates with Seton Hall and USC at the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.


Iowa: Coach Lisa Bluder said the break cost the team “really good preparation time” for a six-game month that included two Big Ten games. She was mostly concerned with details such as the impact of the interruption on the timing of passes and cuts. Iowa got off to a quick start, feeding Czinano into the paint for a 6-0 lead, but the Hawkeyes couldn’t reliably hit anything on the outside as Duke continued to extend his lead. Iowa didn’t have more than 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Duke: The Blue Devils were playing their second game against an opponent classified under Lawson, whose first season amid the pandemic lasted just four games when the schedule pulled out of the rest of the season over Christmas last year . Now they have their first 7-0 start since opening the 2013-14 season at 10-0, much of their success coming from their rebounding work (including 16-10 on the offensive glass).


Iowa: The Hawkeyes host Michigan State on Sunday in their Big Ten opener.

Duke: The Blue Devils visit Penn on Sunday, then take an extended hiatus before facing top-ranked South Carolina on December 15.


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