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(This story was written in Cedar Rapids)
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s run was inevitable.
Iowa’s response was memorable.
Caitlin Clark posted the eighth triple-double of her career, and 10th-ranked Iowa knocked No. 2 Ohio State from the list of unbeatens, 83-72, in a Big Ten women’s basketball game Monday night at Value City Arena.
The victory was the highest ranked road win in program history.
Clark amassed 28 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists as the Hawkeyes (16-4 overall, 8-1 Big Ten) posted one of their best regular-season wins in program history and joined the Buckeyes (19-1, 8-1) in a first-place tie.
Saddled with foul trouble for much of the game, Monika Czinano added 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting, and Kate Martin tallied 13.
Iowa enjoyed a 51-31 rebounding advantage. Hannah Stuelke grabbed 13 rebounds, Martin 11, Clark 10.
Also, Clark is the first Division-I player with 20 points and 10 assists in four consecutive games since at least 1999-2000, according to ESPN Stats Info.
The Hawkeyes built a 12-point lead at the 5:59 mark of the third quarter, but didn’t score another point throughout the period as Ohio State stormed back within 56-54.
Molly Davis opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, though, and Iowa didn’t surrender the lead. Martin’s 3-point dagger gave the Hawkeyes their largest advantage, 75-62.
Davis earned her first start at Iowa, replacing McKenna Warnock, who suffered an injury to her rib cage in Iowa’s overtime win Wednesday at Michigan State.
Warnock did not play.
Freshman Cotie McMahon led Ohio State with 21 points. Taylor Thierry added 20.
The game flipped Iowa’s way in the second quarter. Clark had seven points and an assist in an 11-0 run that erased a three-point deficit and put the Hawkeyes in front, 34-26.
Czinano’s bucket at the horn matched Iowa’s lead at 43-34. Czinano had 14 points in the first half. Clark posted 12 points, five rebounds and nine assists. The Hawkeyes held Ohio State to 10 second-quarter points.
Monday’s outcome leaves two unbeatens in the nation — South Carolina and LSU.
The Hawkeyes return home for a date with Nebraska at noon Saturday.