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Caitlin Clark has a career-worst shooting night as No. 2 Iowa falls

Caitlin Clark shot 28.1% from the field in Iowa's loss to unranked Kansas State. (Joseph Cress/For the Register/USA TODAY Network)

Almost one year after stumbling against an unranked Kansas State team, No. 2 Iowa fell to the Wildcats once again Thursday night — this time at home.

Iowa star Caitlin Clark had a game-high 24 points, but shot just 9-for-32 from the field and 2-for-16 from 3-point range. Her 28.1% field goal percentage was among the lowest of her career, and she missed more than 20 shots for the first time as a Hawkeye.

Clark’s poor shooting night included a 1-for-10 performance in the fourth quarter, with the nine missed shots the most of any quarter in her career.

“That was just not Iowa basketball,” Clark told reporters after the game. “Me, as a point guard, I have to take responsibility for that. I have to get us into our offense a little better. I have to have a little better shot selection.

“It’s certainly one we can learn from and probably taught us a lot of lessons of how we can get better.”

Iowa held a six-point lead with nine minutes remaining, but Kansas State never went away. They went on a 12-0 run to end the game, and the Hawkeyes had no answer. Only one other Iowa player, Molly Davis, reached double-digit scoring.

Kate Martin had eight rebounds for Iowa but was held to zero points. Hannah Stuelke, Sharon Goodman and Addison O’Grady were a combined 7-of-12 from the field. As a team, Iowa shot 36.1 percent and is now 3-1 on the season.

“We need more people to be able to contribute, and that’s on me to get them involved in the game,” Clark said. “Especially on nights where I might not shoot the ball as great, rely on my teammates, get them open, get them a clean look.”

For Kansas State, the upset is tied with a defeat of No. 2 Old Dominion in 1982 for their highest-ranked win in program history. Center Ayoka Lee, who missed last season with a knee injury after setting the NCAA single-game record for points in 2022, had 22 points and 12 rebounds on Thursday.

“Just the opportunity to play tonight made it so worth it,” Lee said. “Just to pull through with the win with my teammates, be on the court, be able to celebrate with them. So much gratitude for everyone who stuck with me, everyone who went through the workouts with me.”