Iowa downs Ohio State behind latest Caitlin Clark triple-double

No. 10 Iowa handed no. 2 Ohio State suffered its first lack of the season, 83-72, on Monday evening in Columbus, Ohio, leaving simply two undefeated groups in Division I girls’s basketball.

Junior guard Caitlin Clark led the Hawkeyes with 28 factors, 15 assists and 10 rebounds for the eighth triple-double of her school profession. Clark, who celebrated her twenty first birthday on Sunday, has the third-most triple-doubles in Division I historical past, trailing Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu (26 from 2017 to 2020) and Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs (9 from 2016 to 2019).

Clark’s 4 triple-doubles with 25 factors or extra are probably the most in Division I historical past, in response to ESPN Stats & Information information. She can also be the one Division I participant up to now 20 seasons to have 4 consecutive video games of no less than 20 factors and 10 assists.

“I believe it is significant, and when I’m in a position to try this, it places my staff in a very good place to win,” Clark mentioned of getting a triple-double. “That’s simply type of what I pleasure myself in, with the ability to do numerous various things on the basketball courtroom for my staff. I believe it makes me actually versatile, arduous to protect.”

Ohio State is the highest-ranked staff Iowa has defeated in coach Lisa Bluder’s tenure, which started within the 2000-01 season. The final time Iowa beat a top-two staff was underneath then-coach C. Vivian Stringer on March 4, 1994, versus then-No. 2 Penn State.

The Hawkeyes (16-4) had been with out beginning ahead McKenna Warnock, who’s day-to-day with a rib cage damage. But with Clark, Monika Czinano (22 factors on 11-of-13 taking pictures), Kate Martin (13 factors, 11 rebounds) and Hannah Stuelke (eight factors, 13 rebounds), they nonetheless had sufficient to cease the Buckeyes (19-1 ), leaving simply No. 1 South Carolina and no. 4 LSU because the lone Division I girls’s unbeaten.

Ohio State was simply 4-of-25 from 3-point vary on Monday.

“We had some actually nice performances,” Bluder mentioned. “Gabbie Marshall did a fantastic job on Taylor [Mikesell]. Great assists by our staff — 24 on 31 baskets. That’s actually enjoyable basketball. Caitlin has a triple-double; what can that woman not do? They all did a fantastic job. This is a giant win.”

Iowa is now 3-2 in opposition to ranked groups this season, with wins over Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa State and losses to UConn and NC State.

Iowa, Ohio State and Indiana, which defeated Michigan 92-83 on Monday evening, are tied atop the Big Ten at 8-1. Indiana, which at 18-1 is off to one of the best begin in program historical past, will host Ohio State on Thursday.

“This is my twenty third 12 months within the league, and it is the hardest I’ve seen it,” Bluder mentioned of the Big Ten competitors.

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