Just minutes into No. 2 seed Iowa’s second-round game in the NCAA Tournament, Caitlin Clark hit a jaw-dropping shot.
While the Hawkeyes’ win against No. 10 seed Georgia went down to the wire, the star junior’s 3-pointer from the logo in the center of the court seemed almost routine. Her skill from beyond the arc has impressed Steph Curry himself, the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers.
“When she crosses half court, she’s in her range,” the Golden State Warriors guard told ESPN.
LOGO CLARK pic.twitter.com/jvWdccXBc8— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) March 19, 2023
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This season, Clark leads NCAA Division I with 115 3-pointers total. She also averages the longest distance of any player on her 3-pointers at 26 feet, 1 inch, per ESPN Stats & Information.
For her career, she had hit 10 3-pointers from 30 feet or more, including six this season — and those totals came before Sunday’s 3-pointer from the Hawkeyes logo.
“Logo 3s deflate the opponent because there’s no real defense for it,” Curry told ESPN. “You either have to sell out and try to take it away, and she’s capable enough to blow right by you and drive.”
Opponents must pick their poison: Either defend Clark as soon as she crosses the half-court line, which could up space for the rest of Iowa’s offense, or leave themselves vulnerable to her sharpshooting.
She went 4-for-10 from long range Sunday, right in line with her season average of 38.2%, but she still thinks she could do better.
“I thought I had, you know, at least three open 3s that usually go down from me… But, you know, luckily I made a couple more in the second half. Sometimes that happens. That’s just how it goes,” Clark said after the game. “I’m still 4-of-10 from the three-point line. I’ll take that any day of the week, that’s 40%. Better than what most people do.”
And 3-point shooting is far from her only weapon, as she showed in the final minute of Sunday’s win. Georgia had cut into Iowa’s lead, and Clark had the ball in her hands. She could have stepped back to take a jumper, but instead she made a run at the hoop and floated a shot over two defenders and into the basket.
“No shot is a bad shot when you can shoot it as well as she can,” Curry said. “When you watch them play, she just adds the element of surprise that you can’t really game-plan for.”
Caitlin 𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐜𝐡 😤@CaitlinClark22 scored or assisted on 31 of Iowa's 33 second-half points 🤯#Hawkeyes x #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/qmYEY6PAG9— Iowa Women's Basketball (@IowaWBB) March 19, 2023
Caitlin 𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐜𝐡 😤@CaitlinClark22 scored or assisted on 31 of Iowa's 33 second-half points 🤯#Hawkeyes x #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/qmYEY6PAG9