At this point in Caitlin Clark’s career, it’s not a matter of if she broke an NCAA record – it’s which record she broke.
The Iowa guard’s 35-point performance in the Hawkeyes’ 113-90 win against Drake on Sunday marked her 39th career game with at least 30 points. That number breaks Kelsey Plum’s record for the most in Division I women’s college hoops history. She also had 10 assists, 6 rebounds and 7 steals – an all-around performance from the reigning national player of the year.
With just one more 30-plus point game, Clark will match the overall NCAA record, set by Detroit’s Antoine Davis last season. With her pace so far (31.0 points per game through five games), she seems likely to break the record.
Perhaps more important to Clark, though, was the rebounding performance from the Hawkeyes, as well as teammate Kate Martin posting a career high in points after going scoreless in the previous game, a 68-58 loss to Kansas State.
“I thought everyone responded really well,” Clark said. “People want to beat you. You’re the Iowa Hawkeyes. You were in the Final Four last year. You have a target on your back, but this group just worries about what’s in our locker room. We knew Thursday wasn’t who we are.
“Tonight, we got back to who we are.”
Another impressive note about Clark’s record is that many of her 30-plus point performances have come against top-tier opponents. The senior has averaged 29.6 points per game against AP top-10 opponents in her career, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Most recently, she hung 44 points on then-No. 8 Virginia Tech on Nov. 9.
Just another day at the office. 35 PTS 10 AST 7 STL6 REB@CaitlinClark22 x #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/vRjCxROeV5— Iowa Women's Basketball (@IowaWBB) November 20, 2023
Just another day at the office. 35 PTS 10 AST 7 STL6 REB@CaitlinClark22 x #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/vRjCxROeV5