Takeaways from Caitlin Clark’s latest show, Iowa’s Ohio State win

Caitlin Clark got the only 21St Birthday present she wanted, a win at Ohio State. And along with him, the Iowa women’s basketball team got an overdue payback.

All the Hawkeyes did in recording Monday night’s 83-72 win at Columbus’s Value City Arena was the highest-ranking away win in program history; The Buckeyes carried a 19-0 record and finished No. 2 in this game, televised by ESPN2.

Despite the Hawkeyes’ success in recent years, they had lost to Ohio State four times in a row – in the opener of the 2020 Big Ten tournament, just before the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the NCAA tournament; twice in the following season; and in the lonely encounter last year when the Buckeyes’ physical play at Carver-Hawkeye Arena resulted in starters Gabbie Marshall and McKenna Warnock being injured and each missing several games.

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder then blew up the office; Warnock was (her word) ‘ambushed’ in a crucial late game sequence without a call in that 92-88 loss. The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes would end up tied for the Big Ten regular-season title, with Ohio State earning the No. 1 spot in the conference tournament (which Iowa won).

Caitlin Clark's 28-point performance was highlighted by some "logo" 3 hands.  She was 8-19 from the floor, 9-10 from the line and had 10 rebounds to go with 15 assists for her eighth triple-double of her career.

“[Ohio State]has come after Carver for the last two years and beat us,” Bluder said in her post-game radio interview. “So it was nice to return the favor.”

Here are some more thoughts on the rousing win for Iowa (16-4), who are now 8-1 in league play and now in a three-way tie with Ohio State and Indiana for first place.

The summary of Columbus:How the Hawkeyes brought down the 2nd state of Ohio