Caitlin Clark continued to do Caitlin Clark things on Tuesday, nailing a buzzer-beater to give No. 4 Iowa a 76-73 win over Michigan State.
It was another signature logo 3-pointer, and marks her second such game-winning three in the last two seasons after she hit a similar shot against Indiana last year.
“Honestly, when it left my hand, I knew it was going in,” Clark said. “Those are situations we work on at the end of practice every single day.”
The shot had athletes like Alex Morgan tweeting, “CAITLIN CLARK IS HER.” Meanwhile others suggested that the NBA’s Detroit Pistons should draft the Iowa star.
An additional photo of the buzzer beater also made the rounds, quieting those who thought that Clark didn’t get the shot off in time.
Never a doubt. @CaitlinClark22 x #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/U0ocB3OAvr— Iowa Women's Basketball (@IowaWBB) January 3, 2024
Never a doubt. @CaitlinClark22 x #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/U0ocB3OAvr
“Caitlin has ice in her veins,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “Everybody knows it.”
Even still, the shot doesn’t mask the struggles the Hawkeyes faced against the Spartans. A 25-point first-quarter was followed by just 10 points in the second, as Michigan State took a two-point lead into the locker room at the half.
“That second quarter was one of the worst ones I’ve seen of Iowa basketball,” Bluder said. “I was kind of frustrated we quit running our offense in the second quarter, and that allowed them to get back in the game.”
The stat sheet tells a little bit more of the story. Clark took 34 shot attempts for 40 points and only one other Hawkeyes was in double-digits: Hannah Stuelke. The Spartans, on the other hand, had four players in double-digits.
But at the end of the day, Iowa – and Clark – found a way to win.
“I almost started laughing,” Clark said. “I think everybody was like, ‘Oh, thank God, this game’s over with, we don’t have to go to overtime.’ You know, it was ugly, but it was a win, and that’s what matters at the end of the day.”