Hoosiers suppress Clark, Hawkeyes

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark reacts during the second half of Thursday night’s game against Indiana at Bloomington, Ind. Clark finished with 24 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds but struggled from the floor as the No. 4 Hawkeyes lost to the No. 14 Hoosiers.
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Iowa’s Caitlin Clark reacts during the second half of Thursday night’s game against Indiana at Bloomington, Ind. Clark finished with 24 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds but struggled from the floor as the No. 4 Hawkeyes lost to the No. 14 Hoosiers. (AP/Darron Cummings)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Sara Scalia scored 25 points, All-America center Mackenzie Holmes had 24 points and nine rebounds, and No. 14 Indiana frustrated Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark in an 86-69 win over the fourth-ranked Hawkeyes on Thursday night.

Playing for the first time since she broke the NCAA women's career scoring record, Clark finished with 24 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds but struggled from the floor. She was 8 of 26 overall and 3 of 16 on three-pointers while scoring just four points in the second half.

Clark now has 3,593 points and is 57 away from her next milestone, Lynette Woodard's major women's college scoring record, with three games left in the regular season.

Indiana, the defending regular-season Big Ten champion, had something to prove after Monday night's inexplicable loss at Illinois, and the Hoosiers (22-4, 13-3) didn't disappoint. Yarden Garzon finished with 15 points.

And the Hoosiers were more than ready for Clark, just like last year.

Three hours before tip-off, long lines were snaking around Assembly Hall for what had already been announced as a sellout. Inside the arena, Indiana T-shirts were the dominant fashion choice with a few black-and-gold No. 22 jerseys sprinkled around. And after Clark put up a rare shot that missed everything in the first half, the crowd responded with chants of "Airball!"

Clark's 3 three-pointers gave her 143, breaking the single-season Big Ten record she set last season (140), but she couldn't outduel the nation's best shooting team.

Credit for that goes to Indiana's defense.

Indiana closed the first half on a 12-6 run for a 44-33 halftime lead, then shut out Iowa for nearly the first four minutes of the second half as it extended the margin to 51-33.

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