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Iowa’s Caitlin Clark scores 38 points in front of a sold-out crowd

COLLEGE PARK, MD. — Caitlin Clark faked a defender off her feet, dribbled to her left and then nailed a 3-pointer.

It was no surprise that the ball went in and Iowa was ahead.

“That was probably the loudest noise the crowd had made all night at that point,” Clark said of the sellout of 17,950 at the Xfinity Center. “That was a huge shot and I think Sydney (Affolter) gets the layup, we get a few stops on defense and we work together.”

Clark had 38 points and 12 assists, and No. 3 Iowa withstood a strong effort from Maryland to outlast the Terrapins 93-85 on Saturday night. The Terps rallied from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter, but Clark and the Hawkeyes had enough answers along the way.

The Hawkeyes (21-2, 10-1 Big Ten) won at Maryland for the first time since December 1992, when the Terps were in the ACC.

“This is the first time I’ve been happy in this press room,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said afterward.

Clark needs 66 points to pass Kelsey Plum for the top spot in the NCAA’s women’s basketball career rankings.

Molly Davis scored 17 points and Kate Martin had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Iowa.

“Caitlin did some natural Caitlin moves, which were amazing, but I thought Molly Davis had a really great act as well,” Bluder said.

A packed crowd in College Park was clearly there to watch Clark, but most of the fans were also cheering on the Terps. Maryland took a two-point lead with a 23-3 run in the third. Clark even hit an airball from the left wing, much to the delight of the crowd.

Caitlin Clark wows a sold-out crowd at Iowa’s Northwestern route on a historic night in Evanston

“I didn’t expect them to get back to an 18-point lead in about four minutes, but we fouled too much,” Clark said.

The Terps led 65-63 before Iowa outscored them 10-1 the rest of the quarter. Clark made a three-pointer and a layup, and also assisted on two layups during that run.

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