Caitlin Clark, Hawkeyes upset by Hoosiers

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Caitlin Clark had a week to celebrate breaking Kelsey Plum’s all-time women’s NCAA basketball scoring mark.

After a school-record 49-point outburst vs. Michigan in a win last Thursday, Clark passed Plum’s mark of 3,527 points. Clark now has 3,569. Unfortunately for Clark, that milestone likely seems far in the past after Thursday night. 

Going into Thursday’s showdown at No. 16 Indiana, Clark needed just 99 points to pass Pete Maravich for the all-time NCAA scoring mark (3,667). She got closer to that mark, scoring 24 — but her team took the loss. And it wasn’t that close, as the Hoosiers defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes, 86-69

Indiana built as much as a 16-point lead, led by Sara Scalia (25 points) and Mackenzie Holmes (24 points), and handed the No. 4 Iowa its third loss of conference play. The loss drops the Hawkeyes into a tie for second with Indiana. Meanwhile the Hoosiers remain perfect (14-0) at home. 

Clark had a rough shooting night in Bloomington, going 8-of-26 from the field and a miserable 3-of-16 from 3. She scored just four points the second half. 

Still, at her current pace of 32.8 points per game, Clark should top Maravich’s record before March Madness. The Hawkeyes have three regular-season games remaining before the Big Ten tournament and then the NCAA tournament.

Caitlin Clark and Iowa had a night to forget in Bloomington, Indiana, where the Hoosiers rolled to an upset victory on Thursday night.

Living well is the best revenge, but if you ask Indiana, I’m thinking the Hoosiers would say hitting nine 3s is actually the best revenge. 

Indiana got 25 points Sara Scalia and 24 points (plus nine rebounds and four blocks) from Mackenzie Holmes and the Hoosiers held Caitlin Clark to just four points in the second half — the reigning national player of the year finished with 24 — as the No. 16 team in the country ran away with a 86-69 win. 

Known as a program that prides itself on defense, Indiana held Iowa to just 18% from 3, as the Hawkeyes shot 5-of-278from long-distance. The Hoosier were also great on the glass, out rebounding Iowa 42-33.

Rough shooting night or not, Clark was her usual spectacular self, finishing just one rebound shy of what would have been her 16th triple double. She grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists in the loss. 

Iowa did exactly what it needed to do the last few minutes of the third quarter, and that’s close the margin — and draw a foul on Indiana. (Yes, Caitlin Clark turned the ball over in the last five seconds, but Indiana didn’t score, and right now you’ve gotta take your wins where you can get them.)

If Iowa is going to get all the way back, the Hawkeyes have to figure out a way to pick up the pace. This is…

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