Head coach Lisa Bluder sympathizes with Caitlin Clark being 'beat up'

Lisa Bluder, Iowa women's basketball coach, said she will examine her replacement patterns to safeguard point player Caitlin Clark, who is being "beat up" by opponents.

Another memorable night for the 21-year-old. Fourth-ranked Iowa defeated Wisconsin 87-65 on the road in its first Big Ten game Sunday.

 She scored 28 points and nearly had a double-double at Kohl Center.She also surprised her teammates by staying down after a hard foul with seconds left. 

After returning from the bench with 2:26 left, coach Bluder appeared to be trying to help her get a double-double, and she nearly did.

Instead, Kylie Feuerbach was awarded with a rebound shortly after returning, leaving the star guard writhing in pain. 

Coach Bluder reflected on the player's suffering in the final seconds of the Wisconsin game to make a larger point about Clark's treatment by opposing stars. 

I put her back in—that's it. You never want anyone wounded. I want to watch that film again, but she's always beaten.

 She does that nightly, making it mentally difficult."Bluder adds: 

You never want someone to get wounded, yet it can happen in the first and last minutes. I need to be more aware of that."

Despite how the game ended, Clark has enjoyed this month after joining the elite group of Division I women's basketball players with 3,000 points.

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