IOWA CITY, Iowa — As Caitlin Clark struggled to make shots, she focused on other things she could do for No. 8 Iowa.

Clark had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for her second career triple-double, McKenna Warnock had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Hawkeyes beat Southern 87-67 on Wednesday night.

Clark had a hard time getting open in the half-court offense because of the physical play of Southern, so her goal was to get Iowa’s transition game going by chasing rebounds.

The sophomore guard, an Associated Press preseason All-American, shot 2 for 9 from the field — including 1 for 6 on 3-pointers — but made 11 of 12 free throws.

Monika Czinano added 16 points and seven rebounds, and Tomi Taiwo scored 12 for the Hawkeyes (4-0). Czinano, who led the nation in field-goal percentage last season, was 6 of 8 from the field despite going scoreless in the first quarter.

Warnock, who opened the game with a 3-pointer, had eight points in Iowa's 14-3 run over the first 3:05 of the game. Warnock had four offensive rebounds among her seven rebounds in the second half, responding to a challenge Bluder gave her at halftime.

Genovea Johnson led Southern (0-3) with 19 points. Kayla Watson had 12 points and Nakia Kincey had 10.

The Jaguars were called for 29 fouls and Iowa was 33 for 38 on free throws. Clark drew 11 of the fouls.

“I think the game would have been pretty close if we weren't making free throws like we should have been,” Clark said. “That's where most of our points came, especially in the first half.”

Southern's physical play never let the Hawkeyes get into an offensive rhythm. Turnovers continue to be a problem for Iowa, which has had 66 over the first four games. The Hawkeyes had 18 in this game. Iowa was just 6 of 23 on 3-pointers, 1 of 15 in the second half.

“This is a team that was hard to play because you either scored on transition or you got fouled,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “And there was no rhythm to the game.”


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