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Top-15 showdown between Indiana women’s basketball and Iowa among FOX’s most watched women’s games in history



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Indiana women's basketball was involved in another notable nationally televised game, making it one of FOX's most watched in network history. (Julia Hansen/Iowa City Press-Citizen-USA TODAY NETWORK)

One of the biggest headlining matchups of the women’s basketball season took place between the Indiana women’s basketball program and Iowa this past Saturday and it was among the most watched games in FOX network history.

This week, it was announced that the top-15 matchup between No. 14 Indiana and No. 3 Iowa drew 1,043,000 viewers making it the third most-watched women’s game in FOX network history.

Despite the lead up to the matchup, it was an 84-57 loss for Indiana.

It was just a 43-37 lead for the Hawkeyes at halftime. Caitlin Clark, reigning National Player of the Year and frontrunner for the award this season, had 30 points for Iowa.

Mackenzie Holmes led Indiana with 16 points. The Hoosiers shot just 5-of-20 from three.

“There were a lot of things that just didn’t go our way,” Indiana women’s basketball head coach Teri Moren said after the loss. “And some nights, you have nights like that. We just have to regroup …”

This is not the first time Indiana has been involved in record-setting matchups. Earlier this season on Thanksgiving night, Indiana faced off against Tennessee which broke FOX’s viewership record for a women’s game, drawing 1,118,000 viewers.

Indiana (15-2, 6-1) bounced back with a win on Wednesday night over Minnesota, 85-62.

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Alec Lasley is the owner of Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Alec has covered Indiana for six years and is a credentialed media member. He has previously worked for both Rivals and 247Sports.