Caitlin Clark now the overall leading NCAA basketball scorer, breaks 'Pistol Pete' Maravich’s record of 3,667 career points

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Two weeks aft she collapsed nan grounds for women, Caitlin Clark has go NCAA Division I basketball’s wide apical scorer, period.

The Iowa Hawkeyes prima went into Sunday's crippled against nan Ohio State Buckeyes needing 17 points to break “Pistol Pete” Maravich's grounds of 3,667 profession points, which stood for much than 50 years. And pinch a second-quarter free throw, she became nan top-scoring subordinate — man aliases female — successful NCAA hoops history.

Clark, 22, earned nan women's grounds Feb. 15 erstwhile she scored 8 points successful a crippled against Michigan and passed Kelsey Plum’s 3,527 profession points successful her career, which ended successful 2017. She went connected that nighttime to people a career-high 49 points.  

“I’m conscionable really grateful, honestly, to beryllium capable to beryllium present and make truthful galore of my dreams travel true,” Clark said aft nan history-making game, which Iowa won, 106-89.

She put up 33 points against Minnesota connected Wednesday to cement her spot atop nan all-time profession points among women to play for awesome colleges. The grounds had been held by Kansas awesome Lynette Woodard, who scored 3,650 points. (Woodard played from 1977 to 1981, erstwhile women’s sports were governed by nan Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.)

The wide grounds comes connected Clark’s final regular-season crippled arsenic a assemblage athlete. Though nan 22-year-old elder has different twelvemonth of eligibility, she announced earlier this week that she would participate nan WNBA draught adjacent month.

Her last play has been afloat of large moments and large numbers: She's averaging 32 points per game, but astatine slightest 4 times this play she has racked up 40 points. The 6-foot defender from West Des Moines is besides averaging much than 8 assists per game, and she precocious recorded nan 1,000th assistance of her assemblage career, making her only nan sixth female successful assemblage hoops history to do so.

With nan scoring grounds successful hand, Clark is now uncertainty looking to lead her team, 25-4, to a nationalist title. Last year, they made a tally to nan NCAA title game, wherever they mislaid to LSU.

Maravich’s NCAA men's scoring grounds was 3,667 points, which he group playing for LSU from 1968 to 1970.

After college, Maravich went connected to an NBA profession successful which he was a five-time All-Star. He played for nan Atlanta Hawks and nan then-New Orleans Jazz and for 1 play pinch nan Boston Celtics.Maravich died successful 1988 successful Pasadena, California, astatine 40 years old.


Phil Helsel

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