In a highly anticipated clash between the #2 Ohio State women’s basketball team and the #6 Iowa Hawkeyes, fans were treated to a thrilling regular-season finale that lived up to its billing. Despite the Buckeyes succumbing to the Hawkeyes 83-93 and seeing their impressive 15-game win streak come to an end, Ohio State remains the regular-season champions, clinching the title with a remarkable conference record of 16-2.

The game held special significance as it featured a historic moment when Iowa’s Caitlin Clark surpassed the legendary “Pistol” Pete Maravich’s long-standing all-time NCAA Division I scoring record. Maravich, who played at LSU, set the record with 3,667 points over 50 years ago. Clark’s achievement came in the second quarter of the game, as she calmly sank a pair of free throws following a technical foul. The 35 points she accumulated during the game propelled her past Maravich’s milestone, solidifying her place in history.

While the record-breaking moment undoubtedly took center stage, the contest itself was a fiercely competitive battle between two of the nation’s top teams. The Buckeyes, led by the scoring prowess of Jacy Sheldon with 24 points, fought valiantly against an Iowa. Ohio State managed to have five players score in double digits, but it wasn’t enough to halt Clark’s scoring onslaught.

Ohio State’s 16-2 conference record underscores their dominance throughout the regular season. Despite the setback against Iowa, the regular-season championship serves as a testament to the team’s overall excellence and sets the stage for a promising postseason.

Looking ahead, the Buckeye women will shift their focus to the Big Ten Tournament, set to kick off on Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The tournament provides an opportunity for Ohio State to regroup, learn from their recent defeat, and make a strong push for postseason success. With the regular-season championship in their hands, the Buckeyes will aim to carry the momentum into the tournament and beyond.