Iowa Star Caitlin Clark Sets Record with Career-Best 49 Points

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Following her record-breaking performance against Michigan in NCAA women's basketball, Clark is now aiming to surpass Pete Maravich's career total of 3,667 points.

Caitlin Clark shattered the NCAA women's scoring record and achieved a career-best 49 points during Iowa's 106-89 victory over Michigan on Thursday. With her current tally standing at 3,569 points, Clark continues to add to her remarkable scoring prowess.

Her 49-point performance not only set a new Iowa single-game record but also marked her 12th game with 40 or more points. Beyond scoring, Clark contributed 13 assists, marking her 58th career double-double.

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When did the “Caitlin Clark” historic moment occur?

The historic moment occurred early in the first quarter against the Wolverines, with Clark clinching the record with a signature 3-pointer from the logo.

The sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena erupted in cheers just 2 minutes and 12 seconds into the game, as Clark cemented her place in NCAA history.

Previous Record

Kelsey Plum, a two-time WNBA champion, previously held the NCAA women's scoring record with 3,527 points earned during her tenure at Washington.

Plum appears delighted to see Caitlin Clark drawing attention to women's basketball with her outstanding performances.

"I admire your contributions to the game, and I have immense respect and love for your talents! Hopefully, we'll cross paths at the next level sooner rather than later," Plum shared on social media.

Caitlin Clark’s Remarkable Career Achievements

During last season's Women's NCAA Tournament, Clark delivered extraordinary performances, including the first-ever 40-point triple-double.

Although her team fell short of winning the championship, she was honored as the 2023 Naismith Player of the Year and has continued to excel this season.

On November 12, against Northern Iowa, the Iowa native broke the Hawkeyes' all-time scoring record in her 103rd college game.

Then, on January 31, she solidified her place as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer with a 35-point performance against Northwestern.

Throughout her career
Clark has had 53 games with at least 30 points, the highest in college basketball over the last 25 seasons.

Known for her offensive prowess, she not only scores herself but also creates opportunities for her teammates. Remarkably, she is the only player in Division I history to achieve 3,000 points and 1,000 assists in a single career.

Now that Clark holds the NCAA women's scoring record, all eyes are on her as she aims to surpass Pete Maravich's Division I overall record of 3,667 career points.

Women’s career points

  1. Caitlin Clark, Iowa - 3,569
  2. Kelsey Plum, Washington - 3,527
  3. Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State - 3,402
  4. Jackie Stiles, Missouri State - 3,393
  5. Brittney Griner, Baylor - 3,283
  6. Patricia Hoskins, Mississippi Valley State - 3,122
  7. Lorri Bauman, Drake - 3,115
  8. Jerica Coley, Florida International - 3,107
  9. Rachel Banham, Minnesota - 3,093
  10. Ashley Joens, Iowa State - 3,060

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