Some college basketball fans, including one veteran NBA star, were disappointed in the apparent lopsided officiating in Iowa’s win over West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament Monday night.

Caitlin Clark and the No. 1 seed Hawkeyes survived a poor offensive effort against the No. 8 Mountaineers, 64-54, but when it came down to foul calls, the box score showed that West Virginia was called for 27 personal fouls, while Iowa was only whistled for 11 fouls.

Iowa made 25 of 30 free throws on the night — while West Virginia shot five, and made three, the entire game.

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) shoots the ball during the third quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers of the NCAA second round game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 25, 2024.

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) shoots the ball during the third quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers of the NCAA second round game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 25, 2024. Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports


And many took to social media claiming the referees were favoring the home team at a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“I feel like West Virginia women’s team getting did bad by these refs,” Milwaukee Bucks star Damian Lillard said in a post on X.

“If Iowa played the Lakers who would get more calls?” The Ringer’s Bill Simmons wrote.

“West Virginia is getting jobbed by these refs,” USA Today columnist Dan Wolken added.



I feel like West Virginia women’s team getting did bad by these refs.

“This is absurd. Absolutely infuriating,” he continued in a follow-up post. “I feel for the West Virginia team. They’ve played a better game than Iowa and they’re not going to get rewarded at all. Hope these refs don’t advance.”

Caitlin Clark and the No. 1 seed Hawkeyes survived a poor offensive effort against the No. 8 Mountaineers, 64-54.

Clark finished with 32 points, including 11 from the free throw line, to help the Hawkeyes advance to the Sweet 16.

Caitlin Clark celebrates during the final seconds of Iowa’s second-round NCAA Tournament win over West Virginia.

The Mountaineers went on a 10-0 run to tie the game with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Clark and Iowa forward Hannah Stuelke made nine free throws to secure the win.

Iowa was 14-of-17 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

“I think we used our crowd,” Clark said of Iowa’s fourth quarter effort. “We gave up a 10-0 run to start the quarter, but this team was never flustered. It speaks to our experience. … Wanted to go out on a high note.”


Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) signs autographs for fans as she leaves the floor after a second-round NCAA Tournament game between Iowa and West Virginia, Monday, March 25, 2024 at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. 5

Caitlin Clark celebrates during the final seconds of Iowa's second-round NCAA Tournament win over West Virginia.

Clark finished with 32 points, including 11 from the free throw line, to help the Hawkeyes advance to the Sweet 16. Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Register / USA TODAY NETWORK

Clark broke the single-season NCAA Division I scoring record of 1,109 points, which was previously held by Kelsey Plum, with free throws in the final stretch.

“This is definitely up there with the best of them — mentally, emotionally, physically grinding out this out and getting a win,” Clark said of the victory.

The Hawkeyes will face No. 5 Colorado in Saturday’s Sweet 16 in Albany after the Buffaloes beat No. 4 Kansas State in the Round of 32.