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Hawkeye WBB 4th in AP Preseason Poll

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) smiles after making a 3-pointer during the fourth quarter of their game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA on Thursday, February 18, 2021. (Stephen Mally/hawkeyesports.com)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team is ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 released on Tuesday. It is the team’s highest preseason ranking since 1994 and marks the second highest in program history.

The Hawkeyes have been ranked in the AP Preseason Top 10 in consecutive seasons for the fifth time in school history and the first time during head coach Lisa Bluder’s tenure.

A season ago, Iowa was ranked No. 9 nationally in the AP Preseason Poll and tallied 24 victories. The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Tournament, a share of the regular season title, and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Bluder’s squad returns all five starters from a year ago — Caitlin Clark, Monika Czinano, Gabbie Marshall, Kate Martin, and McKenna Warnock.

The Hawkeyes were also tabbed as the Big Ten preseason favorite. Clark was voted 2022-23 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, while her and Czinano were both unanimously recognized by the coaches on the preseason all-conference team.

Single game tickets for weekday and nonconference women’s basketball games are $12 for adults/senior and $5 for youth (18 & under). Tickets for conference weekend and Iowa State are $15 for adults/seniors and $8 for youth. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS and online at hawkeyesports.com/tickets.