Caitlin Clark Iowa tracker: Road to NCAA scoring record

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Caitlin Clark's junior season Iowa was epic. In leading the Hawkeyes to their first Final Four in 30 years, the point guard became the first player in NCAA Division I history to record 900 points and 300 assists in a season and went on to win all-time National Player of the Year honors.

This season, Clark has another chance to make her mark in the record books: The 6-foot-0 senior could break Kelsey Plum's record for most career points in Division I history.

We're tracking all of Clark's milestones and his pursuit of the NCAA career goals mark in the 2023-24 season.

Clark is an average of 32.2 points per game this season and is 39 points behind to break the record. For her career, Clark has:

  • 51 30-point games (including 14 this season), the most by a Division I player in the last 25 seasons

  • 15 triple-doubles (including four this season), which ranks second in DI history behind Sabrina Ionescu (26).

  • 11 40-point games (including three this season), the most of any DI player in the last 25 seasons

Check back often as we update Clark's numbers every time Iowa plays.

All statistics updated through February 8th.


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Where Caitlin Clark stands in her quest to make history

Caitlin Clark is only 39 points away from the points record. Check out their career numbers compared to Iowa's next two opponents.


On the hunt for plums

Kelsey Plum completed her college career at Washington with 3,527 points, the NCAA Division I scoring record. In her last game on February 8, Caitlin Clark has 3,489 points. Here's a look at the top 10:

1. Kelsey Plum, Washington (2013-17): 3,527
2. Caitlin Clark, Iowa (2020-24): 3,489
3. Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State (2014-18): 3,402
4. Jackie Stiles, Missouri State (1997-2001): 3,393
5. Brittney Griner, Baylor (2009-13): 3,283
6. Dyaisha Fair, Buffalo/Syracuse (2019-24): 3,184
7. Patricia Hoskins, Mississippi Valley State (1985-89): 3,122
8. Lorri Baumann, Drake (1980-84): 3,115
9. Jerica Coley, FIU (2010-14): 3,107
10. Rachel Banham, Minnesota (2011-16): 3,093



The Caitlin Clark effect

$1,000 Seats and Sold-Out Crowds: Inside Caitlin Clark's Roadshow

Long lines, sold-out crowds and extra security are to be expected every time Caitlin Clark and the Hawkeyes leave Iowa Citywrites ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. “There’s something more going on than just a basketball game. This feels like an event,” said an administrator at Northwestern, where some fans lined up for more than seven hours to get the best seat to see Clark play.


When does Iowa play next?

Next game: Sunday, February 12 at Nebraska, 1 p.m. ET

A look at the Hawkeyes' schedule, with Caitlin Clark's score from each game.


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Caitlin Clark's 35-point performance lifts Iowa to a blowout win over Northwestern

Caitlin Clark moves into second place on the NCAA women's basketball all-time leading scorer list as Iowa moves past Northwestern.


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Caitlin Clark moves into second place in NCAA all-time in layups

Caitlin Clark rises to 3,403 career points, passing Kelsey Mitchell for second in DI history with a left-handed layup.


What other records is Clark approaching?

Most career points per game

Clark's career scoring average is on pace to become the second highest of any player in Division I history (minimum 1,500 points).

Patricia Hoskins, Mississippi Valley State (1985-89): 28.4 PPG
Caitlin Clark, Iowa (2020-24): 28.1 PPG
Sandra Hodge, New Orleans (1980-84): 26.7 PPG
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware (2009-13): 26.7 PPG
Jackie Stiles, Missouri State (1997-2001): 26.3 PPG

Most points in a season

Caitlin Clark's scoring average has improved each season. She scored 799 points (26.6 PPG) in 30 games as a freshman and 863 points in 32 games (27.0 PPG) as a sophomore. As a junior last season, Clark scored 1,055 points in 38 games (27.8 PPG). Clark could set the Division I single-season points record as a senior. Clark has 772 points this season.

2016-17, Kelsey Plum, Washington: 1,109
2022-23, Maddy Siegrist, Villanova: 1,081
2000-01, Jackie Stiles, Missouri State: 1,062
2022-23, Caitlin Clark, Iowa: 1,055


More about Clark

Who are the 25 best players in women's college basketball?

In December, 21 ESPN analysts, broadcasters and reporters voted in favor of the decision ESPN's updated player rankings. Caitlin Clark, the unanimous No. 1 pick, was at the top, but nine players, including three freshmen, debuted on the 2023-24 roster.


Caitlin Clark Took the Sports World by Storm: What's the Encore?

Caitlin Clark led Iowa to new heights and became a Midwest sports superhero with one of the greatest NCAA Tournament runs. In November, Michael Voepel investigated What's next for the senior?.


Why Caitlin Clark is the most exciting player in March Madness

Steph Curry, Sue Bird, Sabrina Ionescu and others cut their lives short Favorite parts of Caitlin Clark's gameas the Iowa star hits logo threes and scores triple-doubles.



What is Clark's career highlight?

While Caitlin Clark scored 44 points She reached her career high in Iowa's win over Virginia Tech in November and 45 in an overtime loss to Ohio State on January 21 as a sophomore on February 6, 2022. Clark scored 46 points, going 14 of 29 from the field and 6 of 13 on 3-pointers, in a 98-90 loss at Michigan. She also had 10 assists in the game and made 12 of 14 free throws.

Additionally, Clark said of her career:

  • is the only player since entering college basketball in 2020-21 to have a game with 35 points and 10 assists; Clark did it ten times

  • is the first DI player in the last 25 years to score 40 points and hit a game-winning buzzer-beater in the same game

  • is the second DI player in the last 25 years to score at least 35 points in four consecutive games

  • is the first player in DI history with 3,000 points, 750 rebounds and 750 assists

  • He led Division I in assists per game each of the last two seasons


Clark was projected as the No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick, but…

WNBA Mock Draft: Clark is No. 1 — if she declares it

The Indiana fever won the WNBA draft lottery in December, and Caitlin Clark is the expected number 1 in the overall ranking in ESPN's latest mock draft.

Clark turned 22 in January and is eligible for the April 15 draft. However, Clark — and the rest of this year's college graduates — could return for a fifth NCAA season in 2024-25 due to the COVID-19 exemption. And Clark said She probably won't make a decision about whether to apply for the draft until the end of Iowa's season. (Players have 48 hours after completing their final game of the season to declare for the draft.)

“I think it’s very similar to my college decision. It’s like I’m in the recruiting process again,” she said. “The most important thing is that I just trust my gut feeling.”

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