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Clark’s triple-double, Czinano’s timely run lead Iowa past Ohio State


Kaitlin Clark recorded her eighth career triple-double Monday night at Value City Arena in Columbus, leading the No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes to an 83-72 victory over No. 2 and previously unbeaten Ohio State Buckeyes.

Monica Zinano got back in the game with four fouls with 5:48 remaining and scored the next six Iowa points for a 6–2 run versus Ohio State, after which the Hawkeyes led by 10 and at least eight the rest of the way. It was reminiscent of the 10 straight Iowa points that Cizzinano scored in the first quarter. At times Cizinano (22 points, 11 of 13 from the field) got what she wanted and Clark was always there to get the ball to her and others, to go with her 28 points and 10 of 15 assists. Finishing with rebound.

Kate Martin added 13 points, 11 boards and four assists for the winners, while freshman Hannah Stuelke was good for eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

A three by Molly Davis opened the fourth quarter scoring and was huge as it gave the Hawkeyes (16-4, 8-1 Big Ten) a five-point lead and took the lid off the bucket for them after a rough finish. gave. third.

After a 4-0 individual run by Sidney Afolter made it 56–44 Iowa, Ohio State (19–1, 8–1 Big Ten) shutout the Hawkeyes for the remaining 5:56 of the third. The Buckeyes’ press resulted in a Coty McMahon steal at the 5:18 mark of the third, which led to an Ebony Walker layup that made it 56–46 at 5:11. Czinano tripped on the ensuing possession and Ohio State’s leading scorer Taylor Mikkels came back with a floater. Iowa’s offense continued to struggle; That was followed by a shot clock violation at 3:30, Emma Shumate intercepted a Martin jumper at 2:54 and Clark kicked the ball out of bounds at 1:42. The final Hawkeye turnover of the frame led to a McMahon layup and a 3-point play opportunity at the one-minute mark. McMahon missed the free throw, but Ohio State had cut it to 56–54 and that score entering the fourth.

Clark had nine assists at halftime; He converted the scoring in the first half of the third. He scored seven of Iowa’s first nine points to increase his tally to 19 points for the game. He made 3 of 4 free throws, then stole the other side for a layup and finally, hit a deep two to make it 52–43 Hawkeye.

Save for McMahon’s layup to open the scoring of the frame, the second quarter was a 20–8 run for Iowa. A key play at the start of the run was when McMahon tried to make it coast-to-coast, but his layup attempt was blocked by Martin before Clarke picked up a defensive rebound and showed the Ohio State freshman that it was How is that done by slicing through the Buckeye defense. Successful coast-to-coast layup that put the Hawkeyes up 27–26.

A Clark three at the 7:22 mark of the second extended Iowa’s lead to 32–26. Stuelke scored on the next two Hawkeye baskets to increase his points total to six. He made a nice inside move before the layup made it 34–26 and then received a long pass from Clark for the layup in transition to make the score 36–28. Everything was clicking for the Iowa offense.

A Martin three with 4:15 before the break made it 39–30 Hawkeye and Iowa would lead by nine at halftime as Clark found Cizzinano for a layup at the buzzer of the second.

Gabe Marshall stopped Ohio State from going on a big game-opening run with a three from the right corner that cut it to 4–3. A Martin three also cut it to one (7-6) after the long period. Czinano would score the next 10 Hawkeye points, so it wasn’t until a floater that made it 18–14 Iowa that Clark scored. Rebecca Mikulsikova answered with a 3-point play for the Buckeyes. Later, when Clark hit his first deep three of the game to make it 23–19 Hawkeye, Ohio State answered again with a 5–0 run to close the first. Mikkel made a three with two seconds remaining to ensure that his Buckeyes had the final say in the frame.

Ohio State’s best player, Jesse Sheldon, hasn’t played since November 30 because of a lower leg injury. It was a remarkable run for the Buckeyes to go undefeated without their biggest star.

McMahon finished with 21 points, eight boards and three assists, and Thierry added 20, nine more threes.

The Buckeyes struggled from beyond the arc, going 4 of 25. Mikkel was 2 of 10 and Rickey Harris was 1 of 8. Iowa dominated the board 51–31 and won despite turning the ball over 17 times and only nine miscues.

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