Iowa Hawkeyes' star Caitlin Clark beats 54-year-old NCAA record

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Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) reacts during senior day after the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Clark broke the NCAA basketball all-time scoring record during the second quarter in Iowa City, Iowa, US on March 3, 2024. — Reuters
Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) reacts during senior day after the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Clark broke the NCAA basketball all-time scoring record during the second quarter in Iowa City, Iowa, US on March 3, 2024. — Reuters

Iowa Hawkeyes Caitlin Clark on Sunday surpassed Pete Maravich's 54-year-old National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) points record while playing the Ohio State Buckeyes to become college basketball's most prolific-ever scorer.

Clark is playing in her final home game for the Hawkeyes after being declared for the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft earlier this week, The US Sun reported.

After hitting her 3,685th point from the free-throw line to give her team a 48-39 lead late in the first half, Clark beat Maravich's remarkable total of 3,667 in his three seasons at Louisiana State.

Clark remained calm after breaking the record, returning to a defensive position with the Hawkeyes, supported by a resounding home crowd.

"Congrats to Caitlin Clark on setting the NCAA scoring record what a legend!" wrote one fan on X, formerly Twitter, where many were in awe of the achievement.

"Best college player ever. No contest," said another.

"Historic achievement," concluded a third.

Clark, 22, has been credited with a surge in interest in women's basketball and has gone early with her declaration for April's WNBA Draft, announcing the news before March Madness.

"While this season is far from over and we have a lot more goals to achieve, it will be my last one at Iowa," Clark wrote in a statement on X earlier this week.

"I am excited to be entering the 2024 WNBA Draft. It is impossible to fully express my gratitude to everyone who has supported me during my time at Iowa - my teammates, who made the last four years the best.

"Most importantly, none of this would have been possible without my family and friends who have been by my side through it all. Because of all of you, my dreams came true."