Iowa’s Clark Explodes for 34 Points, Leads Hawkeyes To Big Ten three-Peat in Dramatic Overtime Win

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In a thrilling championship game that will be remembered for years to come, third-ranked Iowa overcame a cold start and a resilient Nebraska team to capture their third consecutive Big Ten Tournament title. 

Led by the sensational Caitlin Clark, the Hawkeyes secured a hard-fought 94-89 overtime victory on Sunday.

The game began ominously for Iowa as they struggled to find their rhythm, with Clark notably missing all nine of her 3-point attempts in the first half. 

However, the team refused to buckle under pressure, mounting a comeback led by the relentless Clark, who erupted for 30 of her 34 points after halftime.

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Iowa’s Clark Explodes for 34 Points, Leads Hawkeyes To Big Ten three-Peat in Dramatic Overtime Win

Hannah Stuelke was also instrumental in Iowa’s victory, contributing 25 points and nine rebounds. Stuelke’s presence in the paint was crucial, providing a strong inside presence to complement Clark’s scoring prowess.

Despite Nebraska’s best efforts, they were unable to contain Iowa’s offensive onslaught. Alexis Markowski led the Cornhuskers with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Natalie Potts added 21 points and nine rebounds. 

Nebraska put up a valiant fight, holding a 75-67 lead with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, but Clark’s heroics, including a game-tying layup in traffic with 29 seconds left, forced the game into overtime.

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Caitlin Clark’s Dominance Secures Iowa’s Title

In the extra period, Clark continued to shine, hitting a crucial 3-pointer with 51 seconds remaining to give Iowa an 89-87 lead. 

Logan Nissley’s 3-pointer briefly put Nebraska back in front, but it was Clark’s clutch play down the stretch that sealed the victory for the Hawkeyes.

With the win, Iowa not only secured their third consecutive Big Ten Tournament title but also solidified their status as a force to be reckoned with in women’s college basketball. 

As for Caitlin Clark, her performance was nothing short of legendary, showcasing her resilience and ability to rise to the occasion when her team needed her most.

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