No. 6 Iowa women cough up late lead in Kansas State loss

A chaotic final sequence brought the No. 6 women’s basketball team from Iowa to Kansas State on Thursday night with a bitter loss.

The Hawkeyes coughed out a five-point lead in the final four minutes, allowing the Wildcats to sink a game-winning free throw in the dying seconds in an 84-83 loss at the Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas.

Four oscillating quarters gave way to an ending full of drama. In a tie, Kansas State’s Gabby Gregory drove to the basket and pulled a foul with 4.7 seconds remaining. Kate Martin, from Iowa, was caught pulling back in color to bring out a whistle. Gregory sank the first and missed the second, allowing Iowa to recover and call a timeout with three seconds left.

Iowa star Caitlin Clark tripped and rolled her ankle on the inbounds, but she managed to get the ball to McKenna Warnock as the seconds ticked by. Warnock found Monika Czinano chopped under the tire but not before the horn sounded.

A review followed. Clark had to be helped onto the bench. Kansas State cheers took it from there.

Kansas State guard Jaelyn Glenn (3) attempts to steal the ball from Iowa guard Kate Martin during the first half of Thursday's game at the Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas.

Iowa held a 78-73 advantage with 3½ minutes left. Even after Kansas State erased that lead in less than 30 seconds, Clark dumped a deep trey that seemingly restored order in Iowa. However, the Hawkeyes only had two points from there.

Clark finished with 27 points on 6-for-17 shooting, sustained by a 13-for-16 shooting at the line. Czinano added 18 but only had four in the last seven minutes.

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