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Iowa’s Caitlin Clark breaks NCAA women’s scoring record

IOWA CITY, IOWA- FEBRUARY 15:  Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates after breaking the NCAA women's all-time scoring record during the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on February 15, 2024 in Iowa City, Iowa.  (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa’s Caitlin Clark on Thursday broke the NCAA women’s basketball scoring record in a game against Michigan.

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Clark has 3,569 career points after scoring 49 points on Thursday, ESPN reported. It was the fourth time during her career that the Hawkeyes’ star had scored 45 points or more. Clark also had 13 assists.

The game ended with No. 4 Iowa beating Michigan 106-89, The Associated Press reported.

It took around three minutes for Clark to score eight points. That is what she needed to break Kelsey Plum’s record, according to the AP. Plum’s record was 3,527 points.

“I don’t know if you could script it any better,” Clark said. “Just to do it in this fashion, I’m very grateful and thankful to be surrounded by so many people who have been my foundation in everything I’ve done since I was a young little girl,” Clark said, according to the AP.

“You all knew I was going to shoot a logo 3 for the record,” Clark continued, according to ESPN.

Clark’s effort on Thursday also topped the school record of 48, set by Megan Gustafson in 2018, the AP reported.

“It really is hard to stop Caitlin Clark,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said, according to ESPN. “I think she does enjoy it.”

She is already the first Division I women’s player to reach 3,000 points and 1,000 assists, according to ESPN.

“My favorite athletes are those who are champions in sports and champions in life, and Caitlin Clark is one of those athletes,” tennis champion Billie Jean King told ESPN. “She is the hottest star in basketball -- all of basketball, and not just women’s basketball -- and with that comes a heavy responsibility to be a leader on and off the court. She gets it, and that is part of the reason she will have an opportunity to be one of the best in her sport and a role model for future generations.”