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Caitlin Clark had averaged 35 points to accompany an undefeated record against the Cornhuskers as she hoped to celebrate history along with a big win. The Hawkeyes got neither. Clark admitted she was feeling a little under the weather, but a scoreless fourth for Clark led to the first loss she’s ever taken to Nebraska.
“I think the biggest focus right now is finding ways to grow, finding ways to get better because it’s another case of us blowing another lead,” Clark said. “That’s something that has to stop and we could’ve executed a lot better.”
I asked Caitlin if there's any level of excitement right now to break the all-time scoring record at home:
"Another case of us blowing another lead, and that's something that has to stop…" pic.twitter.com/oKAX963SKK
— Blake Hornstein (@BlakeHornTV) February 11, 2024
Clark did not score in the fourth quarter. In her time at Iowa she had never played an entire quarter without scoring.
“I think we got away from Iowa basketball in the fourth quarter and I think we’ve been playing to not lose instead of playing to win,” Kate Martin said. “That’s really important down the stretch, is still playing to win. We can’t just take the ball out, get comfortable.”
“Nebraska’s a good team and they played to the level of their competition,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “They played really well today. Hit some really big threes and we had some mental turnovers on defense that let people get open.”
Clark and company will get their party at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday. Clark needs just eight for the all-time record, and she will likely do it early on.