Some games just mean more. In football, while some disagree, Iowa football’s final week against Nebraska always has great competitive ramifications. Yes, the Hawkeyes win most of the time, but the nature of a border rivalry always finds a way through.
Caitlin Clark owns Nebraska — point blank.
She’s never scored less than 30 points against the Huskers. On Saturday, it was 38 — and 247 points over her career. Her 35.2 points per game are the most she averages against any Big Ten rival. Iowa hasn’t lost to Nebraska in the Clark era.
“There’s always people that you just enjoy playing a little more,” Clark said after the game. “I like going to Nebraska. There’s just gyms you enjoy going to, every player at whatever level. When I was in high school, certain gyms I would like point to. They always come ready to play versus us and our staff.”
28 of Clark’s points came in the second half, with six 3-pointers on her way to a 38-point outburst. Iowa was down four late in the second quarter, but ended up winning by 19. Clark’s now averaging 32 points per game on the season.
“The second half we ran our offense well, and so that’s good,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said.
As far as historical outlooks go, Caitlin Clark is now just 14 points away from surpassing Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell to move into second place on the all-time scoring list.
She stands 138 points short of Kelsey Plum’s all-time record, which she seems likely to break at home against Michigan on February 15.