Seedy K’s Takeaways: Iowa

Louisville 83, Iowa 97.

There are times when there is simply nothing you can do.

When a team runs into a foe led by a transcendent star who is executing a not-to-be-denied dominant performance.

Ask peacock Kim Mulkey and Britney Griner about Shoni.

We’ve heard oh so much about Caitlin Clark.

Too much? Actually, frankly, no not really.

She was described before the game as a cross between Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi.

Who am I to disagree?

On the season, she’s hitting 58% from 25 feet and beyond from the hoop.

That’s absurd.

Sunday night, Clark historically went for 41 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists.

She was not going to lose this game.

 * * * * *

Jeff Walz knows.

He saw what was happening.

After the 1st, he told Holly Rowe, “We’re going to have to score in the 80s, if not more.”

83 was 14 too few.

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Louisville got off to its usual quick start.

Hailey Van Lith (6) and Mykasa Robinson (2) 8, Hawkeyes 0.

Chrislyn Carr netted a couple of treys. 18-14.

Then, Clark happened. A step back triple. Followed by another from 30 plus. 18-20

The lead never changed hands again.

 * * * * *

A Morgan Jones deuce, and another by Carr cut U of L’s deficit to 47-48 in the opening minute of the 3d.

Then the door was shut with quadruple locks like a Bronx walk up.

Gabbie Marshall trey. McKenna Warnock two. Clark pull up fast break long ball. Marshall again from beyond the arc. The 0-11 run, Iowa’s largest of the tilt, put the Hawkeyes up 59-47.

It was 78-59 heading into the last.

The Cards, game as always, never cut it to less than double digits the rest of the way.

 * * * * *

Olivia Cochran fashioned a double double in defeat. 20 and 14.

HVL tallied 27. Carr scored 11, Robinson 10, Jones 8.

U of L (26-12) finished its season as one of the Elite Eight teams in the land.

— c d kaplan

4 thoughts on “Seedy K’s Takeaways: Iowa

  1. My friend Steve, himself Iowa-born, warned me yesterday afternoon about the transcendent Ms. Clark. He said that long 3-pointers in the women’ game had previously been classified as “heaves,” but that Clark had forced a reappraisal of the concept. Who was I to believe such a thing? Then I saw her game; now I’m a believer.

  2. Not so much a cross between Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi but more of a combination of both. At one point in the 2nd half Clark had scored or assisted on 88% of Iowa’s points. When Marshall and Warnock were hitting threes they were open looks set up by Clark – not to mention when she would find the big girl inside. An incredible stat I heard was that the Iowa post player has taken just one dribble in the entire tournament! I think most analysts had conceded the title to South Carolina before the tourney started, but its hard to imagine this won’t be a very competitive game vs. Iowa.

  3. Not sure, but Walz’s game strategy was let Clark get her 30+ and we can play the rest of her team. Mistake! As a coach, you must consider the intangibles that repetitive 30 foot 3’s generate: opponent’s team moral, the Shooter’s percolating confidence, a relaxed demeanor allowing the slowdown of the game for Clark enhancing her decision making process, an opponent’s frenzied fan base generated from conceeded defense of a super player and on ad nauseum. What was Louisville ‘s chance to win if Clark doesn’t play? Better? Well, what are Louisville ‘s chances to win if she is defensively smoothered?

    1. LSU 102 Iowa L! See what I mean. Ms. Morris was a rhythm disrupter the vibratons from which permeated the entire Iowa team.

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