Breaking Down Iowa’s 2021-22 Women’s Basketball Schedule

By John Bohnenkamp

Iowa’s women’s basketball team has eight teams that were in the top 100 in the NCAA’s NET rankings in its 2021-22 nonconference schedule.

The Hawkeyes’ full schedule, including an 18-game Big Ten schedule, was released on Wednesday.

The Hawkeyes are coming off a 20-10 season that including a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament. All five starters return, including consensus All-American guard Caitlin Clark, who led the nation in scoring (26.6 ppg) and assists (214), and forward Monika Czinano, who led the nation in field-goal percentage (.668).

A look at the nonconference numbers:

Nov. 9, vs. New Hampshire (5-15 overall, 5-11 American East, 315 NET)

Nov. 11, vs. Samford (14-11 overall, 11-2 Southern, 168 NET)

Nov. 14, at Northern Iowa (17-13 overall, 11-7 Missouri Valley Conference, 63 NET)

Nov. 17, vs. Southern (12-11 overall, 11-4 SWAC, 194 NET)

Nov. 21, vs. Drake (18-12 overall, 13-5 Missouri Valley Conference, 51 NET)

Nov. 25, vs. Seton Hall in Cancun Challenge (14-7 overall, 12-5 Big East, 52 NET)

Nov. 26, vs. USC in Cancun Challenge (11-12 overall, 8-10 Pac-12, 70 NET)

Dec. 2, at Duke in ACC/Big Ten Challenge (3-1 overall, 0-1 ACC, 58 NET)

Dec. 8, at Iowa State (17-11 overall, 12-6 Big 12, 25 NET)

Dec. 18, Central Florida (16-5 overall, 12-2 AAC, 40 NET)

Dec. 21, vs. IUPUI (15-5 overall, 11-3 Horizon League, 50 NET)

The Big Ten schedule:

Dec. 5, vs. Michigan State

Dec. 30, at Penn State

Jan. 2, vs. Illinois

Jan. 6, vs. Northwestern

Jan. 9, at Nebraska

Jan. 13, at Purdue

Jan. 16, vs. Nebraska

Jan. 20, at Minnesota

Jan. 23, vs. Indiana

Jan. 27, at Northwestern

Jan. 31, vs. Ohio State

Feb. 3, at Wisconsin,

Feb. 6, at Michigan

Feb. 10, vs. Minnesota

Feb. 14, vs. Maryland

Feb. 20, at Indiana

Feb. 24, at Rutgers

Feb. 27, vs. Michigan

Photo: Consensus All-American guard Caitlin Clark is among the starters returning for Iowa’s women’s basketball team this season. (Stephen Mally/

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