Clark triple-double leads No. 10 Iowa over No. 2 Ohio State

Clark triple-double leads No. 10 Iowa over No. 2 Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Caitlin Clark added another accomplishment to her decorated resume at Iowa.

He had 28 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds as No. 10 Iowa defeated No. 2 Ohio State 83-72 on Monday night.

Although Clark is known as a prolific scorer, leading NCAA Division I behind 72 straight games in double figures, she was all over the place against the Buckeyes.

And that’s the player she pretends to be.

“That’s something I take pride in, being able to do a lot of different things on the basketball court for my team,” Clark said. “Those are players I grew up watching. Sam Logic, who used to play here at the University of Iowa, was also a triple-double queen. I love people who could score the ball. I love people who can pass the ball.”

Monika Czinano added 22 points for Iowa (16-4, 8-1 Big Ten).

Iowa’s 12-point lead nearly midway through the third quarter was cut to three with 9:05 remaining in the quarter. Ohio State’s Cotie McMahon scored five of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, but Czinano went 3-for-3 in the fourth quarter to help hold off the Buckeyes.

“I think we were together the whole game,” Clark said. “They went to their races. We were changing the defenses. We couldn’t score there for a while in the third quarter. And I thought we really stepped up and showed our maturity, and that’s what it’s going to take not just in the Big Ten, but when you go into the NCAA Tournament.”

The Hawkeyes held Ohio State scoreless for more than 2 1/2 minutes in the fourth quarter, allowing Czinano and Iowa to take a 13-point lead with 3:11 remaining.

Ohio State (19-1, 8-1) gave up one more try and was 4-of-9 from the field in the final three minutes, but the Hawkeyes made all eight attempts at the free throw line to seal the win.

“They came in just wanting to have that balanced, warrior mentality, and I thought we did it,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “I could just name person after person. They all did a great job and I am very proud of them. This is a great victory.”

Ohio State shot 38%, its worst mark in five games, and 16% from 3-point range, its lowest mark of the season. Taylor Thierry scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

“I don’t think we asked anybody to do anything they weren’t capable of, but we just didn’t make a lot of shots,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said. “You’re not going to beat Iowa the way they protected us if that was the case.”

HISTORICAL TRIPLE-DOUBLE

Clark’s 28 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds helped her become the second Division I man or woman to record a triple-double against an AP Top 2 opponent since 1999-2000, joining Dwyane Wade, who did it during the NCAA Men’s Tournament in 2002. 03.

It marked the eighth triple-double of Clark’s career.

“I don’t need to score 30 points every night. It’s the 25 and 10 and 10 that really help us be super, super successful because that means we have multiple people contributing,” Clark said. “You are protecting everyone on the floor. You’re protecting people from the sidelines. And that’s the recipe for success if you want to be an NCAA champion.”

MEANINGFUL MINUTES

Without McKenna Warnock, who sat out after starting the first 19 games of the season and is Iowa’s third leading scorer, the Hawkeyes were confident others would step up.

Kate Moore had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Hannah Stuelke had 13 rebounds and Czinano was 11 of 13 from the field. Czinano went a perfect 4-for-4 as he closed in on foul trouble in the second half.

ONE FOR THE BOOKS

Iowa’s win is their highest ranked win in program history.

“That one hasn’t sunk in yet,” Bluder said. “These women are so amazing. I am very proud of them. He’ll probably settle in tomorrow, and then we have to get ready for Nebraska.”

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: Turnovers remained a problem for the No. 2 scoring offense in the NCAA, even after the Hawkeyes gave it away a season-high 20 times, most recently against Michigan State in overtime on Wednesday. Iowa had 17 giveaways against Ohio State’s press defense, including 11 in the second half.

Ohio State: The season-opening 19-game winning streak has come to an end. The Buckeyes are 4-0 against Top 25 opponents this season, and the challenge won’t lessen as their next matchup will be with a Top 10 conference foe.

“One of the things I told them was, ‘Other than tonight, I think for the most part we’ve handled winning well, now you have to handle losing,'” McGuff said.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Iowa: Hosts Nebraska on Saturday.

Ohio State: Travels to No. 6 Indiana on Thursday.

Clark triple-double leads No. 10 Iowa over No. 2 Ohio State originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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