Caitlin Clark added 38 points to her career-high 66 points on Saturday night and broke the Division I girls scoring record. He added 12 assists and six rebounds for No. 3 Iowa in a 93-85 win at Maryland.
The senior is at 3,462 career points, just behind Kelsey Plum's record of 3,527 set in 2017 at Washington. Pete Maravich's men's record of 3,667 points is also within reach later in the season.
It took Clark 16 seconds to play from behind the arc. He scored 23 points in the first half, shooting 9-of-16, including 4-of-8 3s, to give Iowa a 52-38 lead. Maryland, which led by eight early, rallied to take a two-point lead late in the third and tied it again midway through the fourth. Clark's seventh of the night pulled Iowa within 3.
It was his first career win at Maryland. He shot 13-of-29 overall and seven-of-17 3-pointers.
Fox Sports dedicated a camera to track the clerk Crime and live streamed the feed on Tiktok. It was the first time Fox assigned a camera to a player, and it streamed live content on stage. Thousands watched and commented on the stream, which featured his scoring stats in the top left corner.
Clark, who is averaging 32.1 points per game, can surpass that goal as early as Feb. 11 on the road against Nebraska (14-8, 6-5) if he slightly eclipses his average in the next two games. Clark hasn't scored fewer than 30 points since Jan. 10, including a 38-point showing against Nebraska last week.
Iowa (21-2, 10-1) hosts Penn State (16-6, 7-4) on Thursday in the teams' first meeting of the season. A home date against Michigan (15-8, 6-5 Big Ten) has long been circled as the day he breaks the record.
He moved into second place on the all-time scoring list with 35 points against Northwestern on Wednesday. She passed Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell's 3,402 points to become the Big Ten's all-time scoring leader.
Mitchell, an All-Star guard with the Indiana Fever, made his mark in 2018. Both could become teammates in a few months. The Fever have the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft and could get Clark if the Iowa star chooses to enter the draft. He has one more year of eligibility due to a COVID-19 exemption.
Plum finished with 3,527 points in 2017 as a senior at Washington. the two-time WNBA champion said this week She was happy to see Clark following her mark.
“I'm so grateful to pass that baton. I'm so happy for her,” Plum said Friday at the USA Basketball team's camp. “If anything, make sure to show her love outside of her performance.” She will break it. I'm excited for her.”