By John Bohnenkamp
Iowa gets a possible top-10 matchup in the ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge.
The Hawkeyes will play North Carolina State on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The two teams are coming off a 2021-22 season in which they both won their conference’s regular-season and postseason tournament championships.
The two programs have met three previous times, all on neutral floors, including twice in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes won, 79-61, in the 2019 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and won, 56-50, in the 1997 NCAA Tournament first round in Storrs, Connecticut. The Wolfpack won 69-66 in overtime in the first round of the Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic in Los Angeles in 2002.
Iowa is coming off a 24-win season and returns all five starters, including All-Big Ten first-team selections Caitlin Clark and Monika Czinano. Clark, a junior this season who was the Big Ten’s player of the year and a Naismith and Wooden Award finalist, led Division I in scoring (27.0), assists per game (8.0), triple-doubles (5), free throws made (200) and 30-point games (11). Czinano, who will be a fifth-year senior, led the nation in field-goal percentage (67.9) and ranked sixth in field-goals made (277), 11th in total points (656) and 12th in points per game (21.2).
North Carolina State won 32 games and reached the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight. The Wolfpack return two of their top two scorers from a year ago — Diamond Johnson (10.8 ppg) and Jakia Brown-Turner (9.8 ppg).
Game times and television information for all Challenge games will be announced at a later date.
The 2022 ACC/Big Ten Challenge:
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Illinois at Pittsburgh
Ohio State at Louisville
Syracuse at Purdue
Virginia at Penn State
Wake Forest at Minnesota
Rutgers at Boston College
Thursday, Dec. 1
Northwestern at Duke
Michigan at Miami
Maryland at Notre Dame
North Carolina at Indiana
Nebraska at Virginia Tech
N.C. State at IOWA
Florida State at Wisconsin
Georgia Tech at Michigan State
Photo: Caitlin Clark and Iowa face North Carolina State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this season. (Stephen Mally/HawkeyeSports.com)