No. 6 Michigan beats No. 21 Iowa, despite Clark’s 46 points

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Naz Hillmon had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Michigan’s No. 6 beat Iowa’s No. 21 98-90 on Sunday night, despite the Hawkeyes getting 46 points from Caitlin Clark.

Laila Phelia added 24 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Wolverines (20-2, 11-1 Big Ten), and Maddie Nolan contributed 17 points.

Clark was the only bright spot for the Hawkeyes (15-6, 9-3). She and Sydney Affolter each grabbed six rebounds.

“Caitlin, she’s spectacular,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “She’s just a special player. You’re never offside with someone like her on the floor.

The Wolverines took the lead a minute and a half into the first quarter and then controlled the game, leading by as much as 25 points.

Iowa tied within five points late in the fourth quarter, buoyed by a hot streak from Clark, but couldn’t get closer.

The Wolverines dominated at the post, anchored by Hillmon and Phelia. Michigan had 54 points in the paint to Iowa’s 34.

Michigan also looked confident on the court, going a solid 53%. Nolan, who has looked comfortable behind the arc this season, drained 4 of 6 3-point attempts.

“I thought we were pretty amazing,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “We came out arguably one of our best guards and really did a terrific job defensively into the fourth quarter. I’m really proud of our response. … Luckily we had a sufficient lead and we were able to manage that.

It was Michigan’s eighth straight win and seventh victory over a ranked opponent this season. The Wolverines hadn’t beaten Iowa since February 2020.

FOLLOWING

Iowa: hosts Minnesota on Wednesday.

Michigan: In the state of Michigan on Thursday.

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