Iowa's Kaitlyn Clark broke the NCAA women's career scoring record

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Caitlin Clark wasted no time becoming the NCAA women's career scoring leader Thursday night, taking less than three minutes to score the eight points she needed to break Kelsey Plum's record.

The Iowa star who drew unprecedented attention in women's basketball broke the record with her signature shot — A 35-foot 3-pointer It hit nothing but the bottom of the net.

And Clark didn't let up. He finished with a school-record 49 points, tied his career best with nine 3-pointers and had 13 assists at No. 4 Iowa. 106-89 win over Michigan.

Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder pulled Clark from the game with 1:46 left in the game, shortly after she made her final 3, before she went to the bench to cheers from the sellout crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“I don't know if you could script it any better,” Clarke said. “To be able to do this in this fashion, I'm very grateful to be surrounded by so many people who have been my foundation in everything I've done since I was a child. As you all know I am going to shoot Logo 3 for the record.

Clark's big night put her at 3,569 points and within 80 of her next milestone, Lynette Woodard's major women's college record 3,649 points.

He scored 3 runs with a dribble on the left wing Near Mediacom Court logo 7:45 left in the first quarter.

“Warming up, my shot was good, so I knew it was going to be one of those nights,” he said. “I played with a little more pep under me.”

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Clark finished with 126 games, 13 fewer than Plum finished with 3,527 points In four seasons in Washington from 2014-17. Woodard starred at Kansas from 1977-81, a period in which women's sports were governed by the Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Pearl Moore by Frances Marion The women's all-time record was 4,061 points from 1975-79.

Iowa guard Kaitlin Clark looks on during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Michigan Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Iowa guard Kaitlin Clark looks on during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Michigan Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, in Iowa City, Iowa.  (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Iowa guard Kaitlin Clark looks on during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Michigan Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Iowa has four regular season games, plus the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament. Barring injury, Clark, a senior averaging 32.1 points per game, is sure to pass Woodard. And he has the option of returning to college basketball for a fifth season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fans chanted “One more year! One more year!” Clarke, projected as the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft, was doing a postgame television interview.

“I paid them,” Bluder said, laughing. “I thought it was a good spell.”

One of the well-wishers on social media LSU star Angel Reese, who caught the spotlight with Clark in last season's national championship game win by the Tigers. The Big Ten Network is a Greetings Collection Video That includes Tom Brady and Peyton and Eli Manning.

Iowa won the tip and Clark, guarded by Laila Felia, drove to the basket and hit a shot from the right side. On Iowa's next possession, Clark hit a 3 from the left wing. The Hawkeyes turned the ball over twice before Clark converted a pass from Gabby Marshall, stopped and shot from deep.

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When the ball went in, the fans — many of them standing and holding phones to capture the moment — let out a huge roar.

“It's absolutely perfect,” Bluder said, “that she went with Logo 3 and achieved this feat.”

Bluder called a timeout moments later, and Clark hugged teammates and coaches during a brief celebration.

“That wasn't really my goal, just to get it done really fast,” Clark said. “I hit my first couple of shots and was able to get the other one up really fast. It was nice to get it over there so quickly so we could focus on winning the basketball game.

Clark, who scored 40 points or more for the 12th time, scored 23 in the first quarter and had one of his best games. She scored or assisted 79 points, the most by a Division I women's player in at least 25 years OptaSTATS.

Clarke and his dynamic play captivated the nation for two seasons. Last year, he led the Hawkeyes to the NCAA title game AP Player of the Year. His long 3-pointers and flashy passes have fueled interest, rather than searching for the record. Women's sports. Arenas are sold out His games, home and away and television ratings have never been higher.

It was all more than Clark could have imagined 6-foot guard from West Des Moines Stayed in-state and chose Iowa over Notre Dame in November 2019.

Although his basketball commitments and endorsement deals (such as State Farm commercials) demand his time, he said he's the same person who showed up on campus four years ago. She still cleans her apartment, does laundry, plays video games, hangs out with friends, and does schoolwork.

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His run for the record may have come earlier, but it came back to Carver-Hockey, where ticket resale prices for games Up to hundreds of dollars By the thousands. As usual, fans showed up outside the arena early in the morning, many wearing the black-and-gold No. 22 jersey and carrying signs to pay their respects.

Mia Anderson and her friend, 12-year-old Ellie Stephenson, and their moms made the six-hour drive from Canton, South Dakota, to beat Clark's record.

“I think he's inspired a lot of people,” Mia said.

“Yeah, a lot of little girls,” Ellie added.

Mia and Ellie both play basketball and both said they try to do certain things on the court like shooting long 3's.

“But I'm not as good as her,” said Ellie.

Kelly Jarrett of Manchester, Iowa, said she loves everything about Clark and expects her impact on the women's game to last.

“She took it to a whole new level,” Jared said. “The aspirations and goals that current players and future players have, she's set that bar sky high. That's right, because they'll work to achieve them. As far as the fans, there's excitement for people who don't watch girls basketball. My son's not a basketball fan, but he watched Caitlin last year, He's sold. He absolutely loves her.”

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