Caitlin Clark of Iowa breaks the all-time scoring record for women’s basketball in the NCAA…

Caitlin Clark of Iowa breaks the all-time scoring record for women’s basketball in the NCAA…

CNN) — Superstar Caitlin Clark of the University of Iowa broke the previous record for most points scored by a women’s basketball team in NCAA history on Thursday night. That same night, she scored a career-high 49 points in a single game. Clark did this with a trademark deep 3-pointer.

In the first quarter of a 106-89 victory over the Michigan Wolverines at home, Clark, 22, broke Kelsey Plum’s previous record of 3,527 career points. The crowd erupted in applause, and teammates rushed to hug her. For a little while, the game was put on hold.

Prior to the game on Thursday, Plum needed eight points to break her own record. She succeeded in just over two minutes by scoring her team’s first three baskets, including the game-winning 3-pointer that she made on a fast break from close to the center court logo.

With 3,569 career points as of Thursday, Clark has the potential to break both the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball scoring records before the season is out. That record, 3,667 points, is held by the late Pete Maravich, a three-season player at Louisiana State from 1967 to 1970.

Her score of 49 For her in college as well as for any University of Iowa women’s basketball player, Thursday was a record-breaking performance.

Following that, Clark’s coaches and teammates displayed T-shirts with her name and number on them and brand-new copies of The Des Moines Register featuring an image of a beaming Clark and the headline “Unmatched.”

The fourth-year player’s option to continue at the collegiate level for a fifth year due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s effects on previous NCAA seasons was acknowledged by the chants of “One more year!” from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd. If Clark enters the 2024 WNBA draft, the Indiana Fever are expected to select her first overall.

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