Iowa beats Ohio State behind Caitlin Clark’s last triple-double

Iowa beats Ohio State behind Caitlin Clark’s last triple-double

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No. 10 Iowa handed No. 2 Ohio State their first loss of the season, 83-72, Monday night in Columbus, Ohio, leaving just two teams undefeated in Division I women’s basketball.

Junior guard Caitlin Clark led the Hawkeyes to the eighth triple-double of their college career with 28 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. Clark, who celebrated her 21st birthday on Sunday, has the third-most triple-doubles in Division I history behind Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon (26 from 2017-2020) and Chastadie Barrs of Lamar (nine from 2016-2019).

According to ESPN Stats & Information data, Clark’s four triple-doubles with 25 or more points is the most in Division I history. She is also the only Division I player in the last 20 seasons to have at least 20 points in four straight games and scored 10 assists.

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“I think it makes sense and if I’m able to do that, it puts my team in a really good position to win,” Clark said of achieving a triple-double. “That’s exactly what I’m proud of, being able to do a lot of different things on the basketball court for my team. I think it makes me really versatile and difficult to guard.”

Ohio State is the highest-ranked team to defeat Iowa during coach Lisa Bluder’s tenure, which began in the 2000-01 season. The last time Iowa beat a top-two team was under then-coach C. Vivian Stringer on March 4, 1994 against then-No. 2 Pennsylvania State.

The Hawkeyes (16-4) were without starting forward McKenna Warnock, who struggles with a chest injury on a daily basis. But with Clark, Monika Czinano (22 points on 11-of-13 shooting), Kate Martin (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Hannah Stuelke (eight points, 13 rebounds), they were still enough to stop the Buckeyes (19 -1 ), leaving only #1 South Carolina and #4 LSU as the only Division I women to remain undefeated.

Ohio State was just 4-of-25 from 3-point range Monday.

“We had some really great performances,” said Bluder. “Gabbie Marshall has done a great job at Taylor [Mikesell]. Great assists from our team – 24 to 31 baskets. This is how basketball is really fun. Caitlin has a triple-double; What can’t the girl do? You all did a great job. That’s a big win.”

Iowa is now up 3-2 against ranked teams this season, with wins over Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa State and losses to UConn and NC State.

Iowa, Ohio State and Indiana, who defeated Michigan 92-83 on Monday night, are 8-1 at the top of the Big Ten. Indiana, which has had its best start in program history 18-1, will host Ohio State on Thursday.

“This is my 23rd year in the league and it’s the toughest I’ve seen,” Bluder said of Big Ten competition.

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