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Caitlin Clark makes basketball history in Iowa’s rout of Minnesota

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Iowa basketball destroyed Minnesota 105-49 on Thursday as Caitlin Clark once again made history and continued to make her case for player of the year.

The sophomore recorded a triple-double again on Thursday, scoring 35 points on 14-of-21 shooting while adding 13 rebounds and 11 assists. It follows up Sunday’s performance against Nebraska in which Clark scored 31 points while adding 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

With her performance against the Gophers, Clark became the first player in Division I basketball history, men’s or women’s, to record back-to-back triple-doubles scoring 30 or more points. She’s also the first Big Ten women’s hoops player to record back-to-back triple-doubles.

Since 2000, the only back-to-back 30-point triple-doubles in all of basketball have come in the NBA. Clark is now included on the list, which includes Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

The Iowa native now has five career triple-doubles, four of which have come this season. She’s the seventh player in DI women’s history to have at least four triple-doubles in a season.

For the 25th ranked Hawkeyes, the 56-point margin of victory was its largest ever against a Big Ten opponent. It’s also their third-largest victory margin ever.

As a team, Iowa found their three-point shot, shooting 9-of-17 from long distance. They shot 58.8 percent to Minnesota’s 33.3 and put up 37 points in the third quarter.

“We have been telling this team, as soon as we find our 3-point shot, we will be dangerous,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said postgame. “We showed that tonight.”

Clark wasn’t the only high-scoring Hawkeye, with freshman center Monika Czinano contributing 23 points and seven rebounds. Gabbie Marshall added 16 points.

Sara Scalia was the lone Gopher in double-digits, scoring 15 points.

Iowa will next take on Penn State next Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.