Caitlin Clark leads Iowa State’s second-place Ohio State team with 28 triple-double points

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 23: Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes tackles the ball in the second quarter against Ricky Harris #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on January 23, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Greg Fume/Getty Images)

Caitlin Clark makes a strong case for National Player of the Year honors. (Greg Fium / Getty Images)

Caitlin Clark had a day off on Monday.

The Iowa All-American recorded one of the best games of her career while ranking 10th in Iowa 83-72 upsetting No. 2 Ohio State On the road. She achieved a triple-double in the process while recording 28 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds in the win.

It was a double triple eighth of her careera Big Ten record. Now she tracks chastady bar lamar with one for Second most triple doubles in NCAA DI Women’s History. She has a long way to go to catch the former Oregon star Sabrina Ionescowho tops the triple-double list with 26. She will surely settle for her brutal effort that gave the previously undefeated Buckeyes their first loss after a 19-0 start.

The Big Ten clash was close throughout the first quarter as Ohio State opened up a 24-23 lead. But the Hawkeyes took control of the game in the second quarter with Clark scoring or making 15 of Iowa’s 20 points to take a 43-34 halftime advantage.

Ohio State closed the deficit to two points in the third quarter, but never regained the lead as Iowa rode 11-2 in the fourth to put the game away. Monica Czinano added 22 points and four rebounds for the Hawkeyes, while Kate Martin scored a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Hawkeyes beat 17 turnovers including seven from Clark shooting 47.7% from the field and limited the Buckeyes to 38% shooting including a 4-of-25 (16%) effort from 3-point range.

Freshman Coty McMahon led Ohio State with 21 points and eight rebounds while Taylor Terry added 20 points and nine rebounds. Things don’t get any easier this week for the Buckeyes, who travel to face No. 6 Indiana on Thursday.

Clark, who was a consensus AP All-American last season, joined South Carolina as National Player of the Year against Boston as an unproven draft pick of the season. She lived up to the hype averaging 26.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists. Monday’s effort against the Buckeyes adds to its already strong case for Boston’s challenge for the NPOY throne.

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