SHUT DOWN Caitlin Clark admits ‘I was pushed off my spot’ as ‘physical’ Indiana hold NCAA superstar in check during shock win

IOWA Hawkeyes’ Caitlin Clark has admitted a physical Indiana Hoosiers team threw her and the Hawkeyes off their game in Thursday’s big loss.

The 86-69 loss has left Iowa’s hopes of winning the Big Ten regular-season title looking even more remote.

Caitlin Clark dribbles the ball in the first half against the Hoosiers

Caitlin Clark dribbles the ball in the first half against the HoosiersCredit: Getty

Caitlin Clark shows her disappointment on Thursday night

Caitlin Clark shows her disappointment on Thursday nightCredit: Getty
Sharpshooter Clark, who last week broke Kelsey Plum’s all-time women’s NCAA scoring mark, was 8-of-26 from the field overall and 3-of-16 from 3-point range.

She praised Indiana’s defense after the game.

“Being physical, face-guarding me, denying me the ball, threw a lot of different people at me,” Clark said.

“Kind of pushed me off my spots, got me a little deeper than I wanted to be. Threw a little box-and-one at us.

“Once you get down, you kind of have to start taking some shots that maybe you wouldn’t [normally] take necessarily.
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“I thought we maybe could have drove to the basket more.

“I wouldn’t say we’re really a team that plays from behind very much.

“We fought, but they always responded and had an answer.

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“You know, one loss, one win could switch up the standings in battling for a regular-season title. That’s exactly how it should be.”

Iowa only have three regular-season games left and are now 12-3 in the league, behind Ohio State (14-1) and Indiana (13-3).
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Indiana coach Teri Moren knew how important this win was, strengthening their hopes of being among the NCAA tournament’s top 16 seeds.

“You lose a game like Illinois, and you think, ‘Oh, wow, our backs are against the wall,'” Moren said.

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“Tonight was a step in the right direction to help secure that [host seed] for our fans.

“We made everything very difficult for Caitlin Clark tonight, and that’s hard to do. She’s a phenomenal player.”

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