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Iowa’s Caitlin Clark surpasses Pete Maravich for NCAA scoring record

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark surpasses Pete Maravich for NCAA scoring record

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Caitlin Clark surpassed Pete Maravich’s NCAA scoring mark against Ohio State on Sunday.

The Iowa sharpshooter was only 18 points away from beating out the LSU legend’s 3,617 points. She had all 18 points in the first half and completed it on a technical foul before the half was over.

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Ioaw's Caitin Clark boxes out

Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark and Ohio State Buckeyes guard Cotie McMahon battle for a rebound at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on March 3, 2024. (Jeffrey Becker-USA Today Sports)

To make it even more special, Clark did it at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in her final home game as a Hawkeyes player. It was Iowa’s final regular-season game of the 2023-24 season before the team starts the Big Ten Tournament.

Clark and the team celebrated as the Hawkeyes took a 48-39 lead into the locker room.

Iowa won the game 93-83. Clark finished with 35 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals

Clark passed the NCAA Division 1 scoring mark against Michigan on Feb. 15 and recently surpassed Lynnette Woodard, who set it in the AIAW at Kansas.

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Pete Maravich in March 1970

Pete Maravich leans on his trophy and jokes with reporters in Atlanta, March 26, 1970, after being named college basketball’s player of the year. (AP Photo/File)

“She is just a phenomenal, phenomenal player who has helped change the women’s game,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said of Clark. “She has helped bring an enormous amount of light and respect and viewers to the women’s game. She is awesome. She is a competitor.

“You either love her or you hate her, but you normally hate her because of how hard she competes. I have a tremendous amount of respect for somebody who is that competitive and has never met a shot she didn’t like.”

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Caitlin Clark warms up

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark warms up before the Ohio State Buckeyes game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 3, 2024. (Jeffrey Becker-USA Today Sports)

Maravich’s mark was set in 83 games across three seasons from 1967 to 1970 without a shot clock or 3-point line. He averaged 44.2 points per game and scored more than 60 four times in his collegiate career.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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