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Kaitlyn Clark prepares to celebrate senior day at Iowa State by breaking Pete Maravich's NCAA record

Kaitlyn Clark prepares to celebrate senior day at Iowa State by breaking Pete Maravich's NCAA record

The stage is set for the coronation Caitlin Clark as All-time NCAA Division I scoring leader When sixth-seeded Iowa State closes out the regular season against No. 2 Ohio State at Carver-Hawkeye Stadium on Sunday.

Four days after their separation Lynette Woodard's major record for women in collegeClark will pass Pete MaravichHer total is 3,617 points if she scores 18 points against the Buckeyes.

Woodard was among those in attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to help Clark celebrate graduation day. Also in attendance were basketball great Maya Moore, who was Clark's favorite player, and Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.

Clark announced Thursday that she would do so Enter the 2024 WNBA Draft Skipping the fifth year of eligibility available to athletes who participated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Projected to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Indiana Fever, and The WNBA is already seeing an uptick in ticket sales.

Logitix, which researches prices on ticket resale platforms, reported an average selling price of $598 for a ticket for this game purchased since February 1.

“Listen, this is the greatest ticket on the planet right now,” Woodard said in an interview with ESPN before the game. “Hey, I'm going to enjoy this now.”

Clark is pretty sure one or two more will appear on the scene in Iowa City after Sunday. Iowa State is expected to be the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament, meaning they will be at home for the first two rounds.

Pearl Moore by Frances Marion She holds the women's overall record with 4,061 points from 1975-79 at the AIAW junior college level. Moore earned 177 points at Anderson Junior College before enrolling at Francis Marion.

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Clark is .411 behind Moore, and has only three to 10 more games remaining in an Iowa uniform depending on how far the Hawkeyes advance in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.

If Clarke gets past Maravich, it will be an achievement Subject to audit.

Maravich's all-time scoring mark is one of the most remarkable in the history of the sport: he scored in just 83 games across three seasons from 1967 to 1970. There was no shot clock or 3-point line in those days. The three-point line was adopted in 1986.

Maravich averaged 44.2 points per game. He scored more than 60 goals in a game four times, leading with 69 against Alabama on February 7, 1970.

Clark is averaging 28.3 points for her career and will play in her 130th game on Sunday. Her career-best production was 49 points against Michigan on February 15, when she passed Kelsey Bloom as the NCAA Division I women's scoring leader.

Clark has 54 games with at least 30 points, the most of any player in men's or women's college basketball over the past 25 years. She has six triple-doubles this season and 17 in her career.

With Clark at the top, Iowa State helped Sell ​​or break attendance record In 30 of 32 games this season. The only two games that didn't happen were in the Thanksgiving tournament in Florida.

“She's just a phenomenal player who helped change the women's game,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “She's helped bring a tremendous amount of spotlight and respect and viewership to the women's game. It's amazing. It's a competition.”

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“You either love her or hate her, but you usually hate her because of how hard she competes. I have a tremendous amount of respect for someone who is this competitive and has never met an opportunity she didn't like.


AP Freelance Writer John Bohnenkamp in Iowa City, Iowa, and AP Sports Writer Larry Lugg in Ann Arbor, Michigan, contributed to this report.


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