Ohio State women get blown out by Iowa in Big Ten Tournament final
Despite a very respectable record in the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, Ohio State lost to the sword on a very high-level Iowa team 105-72 on Sunday.
The result came the day after the Lady Bucks closed a 24-point gap to the No. 1 seed Indiana, ending the biggest comeback in Big Ten women’s basketball tournament history. The effort may have contributed to leg fatigue and an inability to put up much resistance to Big Ten Player of the Year Caitlin Clark and the rest of the Hawkeyes players.
Clarke was remarkable, posting a triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. It’s hard to imagine someone named Naismith being player of the year.
Ohio State actually had more shots than the Hawkeyes, but shooting problems made it impossible to stay with a team from Iowa, who had no problems hitting the basket. OSU shot only 34.8% from the field compared to 62.1% for the Hawkeyes. The Buckeyes also made 16 passes but lost 45-29. Ohio State just couldn’t shut down Clarke and her teammates multiple times, and they made the Buckeyes pay.
Taylor Mixell led OSU in scoring with 24 points. Freshmen Coty McMahon (23 points) and Taylor Thierry (13 points) also scored double figures.
Ohio State will now focus on the upcoming NCAA tournament, where it is likely to finish third or better.
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