In Evanston, Illinois, Iowa basketball sensation Caitlin Clark achieved another milestone on Wednesday night against Northwestern, securing the second spot on the NCAA women’s all-time scoring list during her team’s dominant 110-74 victory.
Clark, honored as the Naismith women’s college player of the year for the 2022-23 season, surpassed former Ohio State standout Kelsey Mitchell (3,402) with a layup just 4:58 into the second quarter. Starting the game in fourth place on the career scoring list, Clark was four points behind Missouri State’s Jackie Stiles and 13 behind Mitchell. She surpassed Stiles with her second 3-pointer in the first quarter.
The Iowa senior, who also claimed the title of the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer from Mitchell, concluded the game with 35 points, marking her fifth consecutive 30-point game, equaling her longest such streak.
With a career total of 3,424 points, Clark now sets her sights on the NCAA’s all-time scoring record of 3,527, currently held by Washington’s Kelsey Plum. Reflecting on her achievement, Clark expressed the significance of being mentioned alongside players she grew up watching, such as Brittney Griner and Kelsey Mitchell.
In addition to her scoring prowess, Clark contributed ten assists, six rebounds, two steals, and a block. Despite struggling from beyond the arc (3 of 12), she made all ten free throws in 32 minutes. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder commended Clark for her scoring feat and exceptional playmaking, highlighted by a remarkable pass to Hannah Stuelke at the end of the shot clock.
Clark, a West Des Moines native, has consistently marked her collegiate career with milestones, becoming Iowa’s all-time leader in points, assists, and 3-pointers made. She is on the verge of setting the Big Ten record for field goals made, needing 18 more to surpass Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender.
With an impressive average of 32.1 points per game, Clark is poised to break Plum’s scoring record on February 15 against Michigan. Despite acknowledging her shooting struggles in the recent match, Clark’s ability to attack the basket and adapt her game was evident, even securing an open layup in the fourth quarter.
Northwestern forward Paige Mott praised Clark’s versatility, noting that while they guarded her well on the 3-point line, she showcased her ability to drive and make layups. Clark rounded out January with 275 points, becoming only the fifth player in the past 25 seasons to score 250 or more points twice in a month, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
The game against Northwestern marked a significant occasion as Clark and Iowa played in front of the first sellout crowd of 7,039 at Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena for a women’s basketball game. Clark’s popularity has drawn record crowds at various venues throughout the season, and her impact on the court continues to captivate fans and leave a lasting legacy.