Iowa basketball and star senior Caitlin Clark were not going to lose to Kansas State again.
The No. 6 Hawkeyes claimed a 77-70 victory on Sunday, winning their rematch with the Wildcats and the Gulf Coast Showcase. Kansas State had beaten Iowa just 10 days earlier in Carver-Hawkeye Arena to hand the Hawkeyes their first, and so far only, loss of the season.
“Kansas State is obviously a great team,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said, noting that she thought the team did a “great job” of handling three games in three days as part of the Thanksgiving weekend tournament.
“It feels really good to get the redemption win. We did not play very well at our place and we knew that. We were really kind of glad to have this opportunity to redeem ourselves.”
Clark, who had one of the worst outings of her career in the loss to the Wildcats, was named tournament MVP. She scored 32 points in Sunday’s revenge win, and she also contributed 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
Still, the victory resulted from a group effort – especially after Kansas State went on an 11-0 run to take the lead with a little over two minutes remaining. Kate Martin had a double-double, while Molly Davis contributed 13 points for Iowa. The Hawkeyes were without Hannah Stuelke, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.
“I’m just really proud of this group,” Clark said. “They went on a little run there in the fourth quarter again, but we just responded and stayed together.”
Kansas State senior Ayoka Lee drew seven fouls on top of scoring 18 points. The Hawkeyes once again found themselves in foul trouble, as both Addison O’Grady and Sharon Goodman picked up early fouls.
“Ayoka Lee is just really tough to stop. She’s an excellent player,” Bluder said. “One of the best in the country. But we have one of the best in the country as well, and we’re very thankful for that.”
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