Iowa Hawkeyes star guard Caitlin Clark does more than light up the scoreboard.
During Sunday’s 74-66 victory over the Georgia Lady Bulldogs in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, Clark got everyone’s attention as she broke the Big Ten single-season record for assists (h/t Hawkeyes insider David Eickholt) with 291 dimes this season. Clark dished out 12 assists against the Lady Bulldogs, more than the rest of her teammates combined.
She finished the contest with 22 points, 12 assists, and three steals.
One of the most gifted players anyone has ever seen regardless of gender, the fact that Hawkeyes fans may only have Clark for one more season is bittersweet.
On the one hand, Clark has been one of the most sensational players in college sports since her freshman season, amassing 2,552 points, 750 assists, 679 rebounds, 133 steals, and 318 made 3-pointers in her illustrious college career. Looking at her spot on the season-by-season leaderboards for the Big Ten conference and the NCAA as a whole, her name is on the top of the list of multiple categories.
Which leads to the Clark conundrum. As much as fans want to continue watching her dominate at the collegiate level, WNBA fans and executives can’t wait until Clark stars at the next level, because she looks every bit like a future WNBA All-Star.
A consensus first-team All-American, Clark has never averaged fewer than 26.9 points and 7.1 assists per game in any season.
Often praised for her basketball IQ and speed, her work ethic has allowed her to remain as arguably the most dominant force in NCAA basketball, whether discussing the men or women. Now 21-years-old, Clark is projected to be the first overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft.
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