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Caitlin Clark becomes Big Ten assists record-holder

IOWA CITY, IOWA- DECEMBER 30: Guard Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes signs autographs after the match-up against the Minnesota Gophers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on December 30, 2023 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Caitlin Clark’s record-breaking trajectory – and her legacy – continued to grow on Saturday.

While she moved to fifth on the all-time NCAA career scoring list, she also set the Big Ten record for assists. And she also became the first D-I player (men’s or women’s) to have 3,000+ points, 900+ assists and 800+ rebounds in a career.

At this point, Clark has accumulated so many accolades that they sometimes get lost – literally.

“I have a couple storage units back home my parents put stuff in. But like my 3,000-point ball has just been sitting in our locker room,” Clark said. “Sometimes, it gets lost in my locker. I don’t know. Until I clean it out or make one of my teammates clean my locker. They get so annoyed they offer to clean it for me.”

Clark finished with 35 points and 10 assists, having seven points in three minutes to help Iowa to an 11-2 advantage. When she wasn’t scoring during that stretch, she was assisting.

On top of being within reach of the all-time scoring record, Clark is now top-15 all-time in women’s basketball assists.

“I relish it,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said of watching Clark break records. “It’s just so much fun. I want her to get double-doubles. I want her to break records. It’s just, to me it’s so much fun to watch her do that. I never get tired of her passing. And I get to go to practice every day.”

Elsewhere this weekend:

  • UCLA took down USC despite a JuJu Watkins second-career double-double (27 points, 11 rebounds). The Bruins move to 12-0 while USC’s undefeated season is no more.
  • Baylor upended Texas’ perfect season with their 14th-straight win against the Longhorns in Austin. Without Rori Harmon, Madison Booker led the Longhorns with 25 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.