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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 2/16/2024, Last updated: 2/17/2024
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Caitlin Clark Breaks NCAA All-Time Scoring Record

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Iowa senior Caitlin Clark netted a career-high 49 points against Michigan on Thursday night to pass Kelsey Plum and become the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer in women’s college basketball history with 3,569 career points.

“We extend our congratulations to Caitlin Clark on becoming the all-time leading scorer in NCAA women’s college basketball,” said Big Ten Conference Commissioner Tony Petitti. “From the moment she arrived in Iowa City, Caitlin has been a singular talent and presence on and off the court. Even more impressive than her effect on the box score is the impact she has made on basketball and in her community, representing herself and the game with grace and confidence. Arenas across the Big Ten Conference have been packed to witness Caitlin and the Hawkeyes this season and will undoubtedly continue to be at capacity over the final weeks of the regular-season and into a much-anticipated TIAA Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament in Minneapolis next month.”

Clark passed Plum’s record with a logo three-pointer at the 7:48 mark of the first quarter. Plum, who played four seasons at Washington, set the previous mark of 3,527 points in 2017. Her 49 points set an Iowa single-game record and tied for fifth in the Big Ten Conference’s record book.

During the 2023-24 season, the West Des Moines, Iowa native has broken multiple Big Ten Conference records. She handed out 10 assists versus Minnesota on Dec. 30 to become the Big Ten’s and Iowa’s all-time assist leader and currently has 1,018 for her career, just the sixth player in NCAA women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 assists. Clark poured in 35 points against Northwestern on Jan. 31 to pass Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell for the top spot as the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer. On Feb. 8, she moved ahead of Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender to claim the Big Ten’s record for career field goals made.

Clark is the first Division I player to record 3,300+ points, 1,000+ assists and 800+ rebounds in a career and the all-time leading scorer in the state of Iowa in Division I college basketball history. When she had her 13th career triple-double, she joined Sabrina Ionescu as the only players in college women’s basketball history to record a triple-double in four consecutive seasons. Clark is the all-time leader in 30+ point performances in men’s and women’s college basketball over the last 25 seasons.

With one NCAA scoring record set, Clark is getting closer to catching Pete Maravich, the all-time scoring leader in college basketball history at 3,667 points.