Grateful Reflection: Caitlin Clark on Breaking NCAA Scoring Record

Clark scored 35 points as Iowa defeated Ohio State on Senior Day.

Caitlin’s Senior Day could not have been better. She set the NCAA Division I college basketball record for all-time scoring during the Iowa Hawkeyes’ 93-83 win over Ohio State.

Clark’s two free throws at the end of the first half broke Pete Maravich’s record of 3,617 in his time at LSU. She needed 18 points to win the game, but she scored them all in the first quarter after the technical fouls.

Clark scored 35 points, had nine assists, and grabbed six rebounds during her last regular-season home game.

Caitlin Caitlin of the Hawkeyes celebrates breaking Pete Maravich’s all-time NCAA score record during the Ohio State Buckeyes match at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on March 3, 2024.

Clark, along with her Hawkeyes senior teammates, Gabbie Marshall (Sharon Goodman), Molly Davis, and Kate Martin, were recognized for their dedication.

When asked about her journey to date, Clark told the crowd that she was “very grateful” for all of her four years.

Holly Rowe is a veteran journalist and MC of the Senior Day ceremony. She noted that Clark has always shouted out her teammates in interviews over the years, despite her incredible performances which made college basketball history.

Clark’s humble nature is something she doesn’t force. Her humility comes naturally.

She said that she thought it was easy to show love to her teammates. These people are my closest friends, and it’s not just for show. They are my best friends, they have my back and do all the dirty work so I can have fun and shoot crazy shots …..

Clark was thrilled that the Hawkeyes, who are ranked No. 2 in the country, “came out on Senior Day and dominated” a Buckeyes squad that is ranked No. Clark was thrilled that the Hawkeyes “came out and dominated” on Senior Day against a Buckeyes team that is ranked No. Iowa, ranked No. 6, was beaten earlier in the season.

She said, “We played with lots of energy.” …”I am so proud of my girls. We wanted to send off five seniors who have been together a long while on their home court.”

Clark told reporters that she “soaked it all in” at her final regular-season home game. There could only be two home games this month due to the top teams hosting NCAA Tournament games.

Clark replied, “It will be a bit less bitter.” “Probably won’t strike me for a while.”

The Hawkeyes know that the work is not done.

Caitlin finished her last regular season home game with 35 points and nine assists. She also had six rebounds.

Clark will be needed to continue adding points to the Hawkeyes’ record in the Big 10 Tournament, before the NCAA Tournament. Her performance will be crucial to Iowa’s chances of winning the national championship after losing to the LSU Tigers in last year’s final.