Caitlin Clark is on the cusp of setting a new NCAA Div. 1 scoring record in women’s basketball. Her 38 points in Iowa’s win over Maryland put her within 68 points of Kelsey Plum’s record.
Caitlin Clark had 12 assists along with 38 points even as the Hawkeyes withstood a valiant fightback by the Terrapins. Iowa outlasted the Maryland team 93-85. A sellout crowd of 17,950 watched the game at the Xfinity Center. And they were as loud as they get.
The Terps fought back from a deficit of 18 points in the 3rd quarter. But the Hawkeyes led by Caitlin Clark had all the answers in the final stretch.
Caitlin Clark Helps Post Record High Against Maryland
It was the first win for the Hawkeyes at Maryland in over 31 years when the latter was in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Lisa Bluder, the Hawkeyes coach, said it was her happiest moment in the press room.
For Iowa, Molly Davis was the other leading scorer with 17 points while Kate Martin chipped in with 15 points and also 10 rebounds. Bluder was effusive in praising Caitlin, saying she was her natural spectacular self. She also had a word for Molly Davis.
The Terps were 65-63 before the Hawkeyes scored 10-1 for the remaining quarter. Caitlin Jenner had a 3-pointer, a layup, plus an assist in two layups. The Terps have unusually struggled through a tough season and have lost 4 straight. Maryland had to also put up with Iowa’s rebounding. The Hawkeyes managed seventeen at their offensive end.
Caitlin Clark excelled in her all-round game. The Hawkeyes thus have plenty of game experience as they move into tougher environments. She now stands at 3,462 points. Another 66 and she will have crossed Plum’s numbers of 3,527 when she was at Washington scored between 2013 and 2017. Lynette Woodard of Kansas holds the record for women’s major basketball with 3,649 between 1978 and 1981. That was before women’s sports moved to the NCAA.