Hawkeyes star Caitlin Clark drops 44 points to lead No. 3 Iowa past No. 8 Virginia Tech

The reigning National Player of the Year guided No. 3 Iowa to an 80-76 victory over No. 8 Virginia Tech on Thursday night at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte,

 North Carolina. Clark's ninth 40-point game matched an NCAA Division I men's and women's record over the previous 25 seasons.

In what was her seventh game with at least 40 points, five rebounds, and five assists, she also had eight rebounds and six assists. 

 According to ESPN, the rest of Division I has only had three of such games since Clark arrived at Iowa. 

She is only 16 points shy of passing Megan Gustafson for the program's all-time scoring lead.

The Hawkeyes took an early lead with a 13-4 run, seven of which were scored by Clark. This was a pattern that the Hawkeyes maintained throughout the game. 

They built another double-digit advantage in the third quarter before exploding on a 14-2 run early in the fourth. Every time they did, the Hokies stormed back.

Virginia Tech finished the first quarter on a 14-2 surge, which Georgia Amoore capped with a wild half-court buzzer-beater from the logo

The Hawkeyes' fourth-quarter run appeared to put the Hokies away, but Amoore scored a three-pointer with less than 90 seconds remaining to cut 

the gap to four points once more. But that was the closest they got. The Hawkeyes held off one final surge and forced 

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