Iowa’s Caitlin Clark reflects after breaking NCAA scoring record: ‘Very grateful’

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Senior Day couldn’t have gone higher for Caitlin Clark, who set the NCAA’s all-time factors report in Division I college basketball throughout the Iowa Hawkeyes’ win over Ohio State, 93-83. 

Clark buried two free throws as the primary half of the sport was ending, beating Pete Maravich’s earlier report of three,617 factors throughout his years at LSU. She got here into the sport needing 18 factors, and he or she received all of them within the first half following the technical foul free throws. 

Clark completed with 35 factors in addition to 9 assists and 6 rebounds in her ultimate common season sport at residence.  


Guard Caitlin Clark of the Hawkeyes celebrates after breaking Pete Maravich’s all-time NCAA scoring report throughout the Ohio State Buckeyes sport at Carver-Hawkeye Area on March 3, 2024, in Iowa Metropolis. (Matthew Holst/Getty Photos)

After the record-setting efficiency, Clark and her different Hawkeyes senior teammates – Gabbie Marshall, Sharon Goodman, Molly Davis and Kate Martin – had been honored for his or her years of dedication. 

“I believe simply reflecting again over my 4 years, I’m simply very grateful,” Clark stated to the group when requested what her journey has been like so far. 

Holly Rowe, the veteran journalist who MC’d the Senior Day post-game ceremony, famous that Clark at all times shouts out her teammates throughout interviews over time regardless of her awe-dropping performances that led to school basketball historical past. 


For Clark, it’s one thing that isn’t pressured. Her humble nature comes naturally. 

“I believe it’s simple,” she stated about exhibiting like to her teammates. “These persons are my finest mates and that’s not for present. They’ve my again, and so they do a whole lot of soiled work for me to have enjoyable and take loopy photographs.… They’re my finest mates off the court docket.”

Clark cherished that the Hawkeyes “got here out and dominated” on Senior Day towards a Buckeyes team that’s ranked No. 2 within the nation and beat No. 6 Iowa earlier this season. 

Caitlin Clark jumps on court

Caitlin Clark after breaking the all-time NCAA scoring report at Carver-Hawkeye Area on March 3, 2024. (Matthew Holst/Getty Photos)

“We performed with a whole lot of power,” she stated. “…I’m simply pleased with our ladies. 5 seniors which were collectively for a very long time, and we wished to exit and ship them off on their residence court docket.”

Clark stated she was “soaking all of it in” throughout her final common season sport at residence. Nevertheless, because of high groups within the NCAA Event internet hosting video games, there could possibly be a most of two extra video games at residence this month. 

“It’ll be rather less bitter,” Clark stated. “… Most likely received’t hit me for just a little bit extra later.”

Whereas the ceremony was a pleasant strategy to honor these Hawkeyes, a bunch led by Clark who modified faculty basketball not simply in Des Moines however throughout the nation, they know the job isn’t completed. 

Caitlin Clark celebrates on court

Caitlin Clark completed with 35 factors, 9 assists and 6 rebounds in her ultimate common season sport at residence. (Matthew Holst/Getty Photos)


The Hawkeyes will want Clark proceed tacking on factors to that all-time report subsequent within the Huge 10 Event earlier than the NCAA Event comes round. Her efficiency is essential for Iowa to get again within the nationwide championship, the place they misplaced to the LSU Tigers final season. 

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