Caitlin Clark’s Dominant Performance Earns Iowa Hawkeyes a Place in the Sweet 16

Caitlin Clark Breaks Women’s Scoring Record in Single Season as Iowa Advances to Sweet 16

Caitlin Clark, the top-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes, faced a tough challenge from the eighth-seeded West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament on Monday night in Iowa City. Despite the pressure, Clark, who is WNBA-bound, scored 32 points to help her team secure a 64-54 win.

As she played her final collegiate home game, Clark set a new scoring record for the Hawkeyes with 32 points. This brought her career points total to 3,830 and propelled her to become the NCAA Division I all-time leading scorer. In the fourth quarter, West Virginia tied the game after going on a 10-0 run but the Hawkeyes responded with a 12-2 run to secure their victory.

Clark also set a new NCAA Division I women’s record for most points scored in a single season with 1,113, surpassing the previous record set by Washington’s Kelsey Plum in 2016-17. After hosting the first and second-round tournament games, Iowa’s NCAA tournament road now goes through Albany, New York. This means that Clark has played her final collegiate game in Iowa City as she prepares to move on to her professional career.

Following the game, Clark expressed gratitude and pride for the program and her teammates. She credited their composure and resilience as key factors in their success during difficult moments in the game. She also highlighted how important it was to use their home crowd for support throughout their journey. Next up for the Hawkeyes is a Sweet 16 rematch against Colorado in Albany on Saturday.

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