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Nebraska Women's Basketball shocks #2 Iowa as Caitlin Clark falls short of record

The Nebraska Cornhuskers Women's Basketball team secured a thrilling upset victory over the #2 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, prevailing 82-79 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Despite Caitlin Clark's impressive 31-point performance, Nebraska's defense and clutch play in the fourth quarter proved decisive in halting Iowa's comeback efforts and securing the historic win.

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In an all-time upset at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Nebraska Cornhuskers Women's Basketball team stunned the #2 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, securing an impressive 82-79 victory. The game, held on Super Sunday, saw the Cornhuskers erase a 14-point second-half deficit to halt Caitlin Clark and the Hawkeyes in their tracks.

Despite finishing with an impressive 31 points, Caitlin Clark's performance was marred by a scoreless fourth quarter, as she missed all six of her shots down the stretch. The Nebraska defense proved pivotal in shutting down the prolific scorer and thwarting Iowa's late-game comeback attempts.

The matchup was highly anticipated, with fans lining up for six blocks in hopes of witnessing history as Caitlin Clark aimed to break the all-time scoring record in NCAA women's college basketball. However, the Cornhuskers had other plans, delivering a remarkable defensive effort to hold Clark at bay.

Jaz Shelley emerged as a key player for the Cornhuskers, delivering a clutch performance with 23 points to lead Nebraska to victory. Additionally, Alexis Markowski and Natalie Potts contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively, further bolstering Nebraska's offensive firepower.

Following the game, Nebraska Head Coach Amy Williams expressed her pride in the team's performance, particularly in stopping Clark from achieving the historic milestone. The victory marked a significant moment for the program, as it was Nebraska's first win over a Top 25 team this season and their first victory over a team ranked as high as #2 since 2005.

The win was especially poignant for Coach Williams, a former Cornhuskers walk-on, who fought back tears while reflecting on the team's triumph. Despite Clark's impressive individual performance, the collective effort of the Cornhuskers prevailed, showcasing the team's resilience and determination on the court.

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As Nebraska celebrates this historic win, attention now turns to Caitlin Clark's next game against Michigan, where she is poised to break the all-time scoring record in NCAA women's college basketball. However, for now, the spotlight shines brightly on the Cornhuskers and their remarkable upset victory over the #2 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes.