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Hawkeyes to host UNI women in opener

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team announced it will host Northern Iowa in its 2020-21 season opener at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be streamed live on BTN Plus.

Iowa finished the 2019-20 season 23-7 overall, ranking No. 21 in the final Associated Press poll before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hawkeyes closed conference play 14-4, placing third.

Iowa ranked in the top-15 nationally in six statistical categories, including fourth in field-goal percentage (48.5), sixth in total assists (599) and assists per game (20), 11th in scoring offense (79.5), 12th in 3-point field-goal percentage (37.2), and 15th in assist/turnover ratio (1.27). The Hawkeyes return nine letterwinners, including starters Alexis Sevillian, a senior guard, and junior post Monika Czinano.

Czinano, a 2019-20 first team all-Big Ten selection by the media, was named to the preseason all-Big Ten team by both the coaches and media 11 after ranking second in the country in shooting percentage (67.9) as a sophomore.

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