Caitlin Clark of Iowa Shines with 35-Point Performance

Caitlin Clark of Iowa Shines with 35-Point Performance, Climbs to Second Place on NCAA Scoring Chart

Caitlin Clark of Iowa Shines with 35-Point Performance, Climbs to Second Place on NCAA Scoring Chart

In a remarkable display of skill and dominance, college basketball sensation Caitlin Clark continues her historic journey. 

The consensus National Player of the Year propelled herself to the second spot on the all-time NCAA Division I women’s basketball scoring chart during Wednesday night’s game, where the Iowa Hawkeyes secured a commanding 110-74 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats.

Caitlin Clark of Iowa Shines with 35-Point Performance, Climbs to Second Place on NCAA Scoring Chart
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Caitlin Clark of Iowa Shines with 35-Point Performance

Starting the game in fourth place on the scoring list, Clark had surpassed WNBA legend Brittney Griner in January. 

She entered the match trailing Jackie Stiles of Missouri State by four points and Kelsey Mitchell, a former Ohio State star, by 13 points, according to ESPN

In a stellar performance, Clark accumulated 35 points, bringing her career total to 3,424—just 103 points shy of the all-time record held by Kelsey Plum.

Not only did Clark become the Big Ten Conference’s all-time leading scorer, but she also showcased her versatility with 10 assists, achieving her 54th career double-double. 

Additionally, she grabbed six rebounds. Remarkably, this marked her 50th career game with at least 30 points, a feat unparalleled in men’s or women’s college basketball over the past 25 seasons.

Expressing her gratitude to coaches and teammates, Clark acknowledged the significance of being mentioned alongside names she idolized growing up. 

As the 22-year-old eyes a potential first overall selection in the 2024 WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever, she holds the option to extend her college career due to the pandemic’s impact on prior NCAA seasons.

Iowa’s victory showcased contributions from other players, with sophomore forward Hannah Stuelke notching 17 points and nine rebounds, and guard Kate Martin adding 16 points. 

Northwestern’s Melannie Daley led her team with 19 points off the bench.

Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder commended the team’s performance, highlighting their improvement and Clark’s achievement as the all-time leading Big Ten scorer. 

With a 20-2 record, the Hawkeyes aim for a second consecutive national championship appearance, seeking redemption for last year’s final defeat against the LSU Tigers in 2023.

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