In an overtime battle, the Ohio State women's basketball team upset college hoops star Caitlyn Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes 100-92.
It was a sold-out crowd Sunday afternoon for one of the top college basketball games of the season thus far, as the Buckeyes came back from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime against the Hawkeyes. OSU's Cotie McMahon led the team in the extra period to the victory, scoring the first five points of overtime play and finishing the game with a career-high 33 points along with 12 rebounds and 2 blocks.
The Hawkeye loss is only their second this season and snapped a 15-game winning streak. Superstar guard Caitlin Clark demonstrated her greatness for the Columbus crowd, scoring 45 points, while draining 7 threes and 14 free throws. In the end, Clark's performance was not enough to get her team the win though, as OSU fans flooded the court after in celebration.
The Buckeyes won their biggest game of the season, and the victory is Ohio State's first this season against a team currently ranked in the AP top 25.
Value City Arena was completely sold out for the highly awaited Big Ten matchup with the official attendance coming in at 18,660, a crowd record for an Ohio State women's college basketball game. Sunday's matchup between the two was also the most attended of all of Women's college basketball this season so far.
Despite Iowa's strong effort, McMahon and the Buckeyes were too much for the defending national runner-up Hawkeyes. The result was quite different from the last time the two teams met when Iowa blew out OSU by 33 points in last season's Big Ten championship game.
There was a bit of concern after the game though due to Caitlin Clark and a fan colliding with one another as OSU fans stormed the court. Both were knocked to the ground and staff checked on Clark while the OSU fan shook it off and continued to celebrate. Following the incident, reports confirmed Clark was okay and that Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith sent his apologies.
The 18th-ranked Buckeyes will play Illinois on the road Thursday night. Clark and the No.2 ranked Hawkeyes will host Nebraska at home on Saturday afternoon.