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Record-breaking night for Caitlin Clark: Iowa star shatters scoring record in historic basketball game

Posted : 04 March 2024

The Carver Hockey Arena was buzzing with anticipation as 15,000 spectators gathered for the Iowa vs. Ohio State game, realizing they were part of a historic moment. The crowd held tickets that were not just for another basketball night but also for witnessing a once-in-54-year experience.


The spotlight was on Caitlin Clark, the 22-year-old Iowa star, who was on the verge of breaking the legendary Pete Maravic's scoring record of 3,667 points, set in 1970. Clark had recently become the all-time scoring leader in women's college history, surpassing Lynette Woodard with 3,569 points just two weeks prior.


As the game unfolded, Clark lived up to the immense expectations, delivering a stellar performance. With nine assists, nine rebounds, and 35 points in the game, she set a new record, reaching an impressive 3,685 points. The historic moment occurred during the final stretch of the first half when Clark scored her 3,668th point with the second of two free throws, just before halftime.


Reflecting on her accomplishment, Clark expressed disbelief at the trajectory of her college career, acknowledging the talent of those who came before her in the league. The buzz around Clark was palpable, with thousands gathering outside the arena to witness the historic event, reminiscent of the fervor surrounding a women's college game in Iowa or a football game in any other city.


The record-breaking moment garnered widespread recognition, with LeBron James being among the first to congratulate Clark, referring to her as the "Queen of Baskets." Even US President Joe Biden took a moment to acknowledge her achievement, expressing pride in her historic accomplishment. Tennis legend Billie Jean King also extended her congratulations to the fearless athlete who broke a 54-year record.


Adding to her list of achievements, Clark recently became the sales leader at retail giant Fanatics, surpassing other college players since the site started selling products in 2022. As Clark prepares to say goodbye to college basketball and enter the WNBA draft, where she is expected to be picked first by the Indiana Fever, the question arises: how many more records will this historic shooter break in the future?


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