Caitlin Clark Shines Bright: A Record-Chasing Performance and Sold-Out Arenas

The current national player of the year and standout guard for Iowa, Caitlin Clark, delivered an impressive performance on Wednesday night as she contributed 35 points and 10 assists in the Hawkeyes’ dominant 110-74 victory over Northwestern. The enthusiastic sellout crowd of 7,039 witnessed Clark achieve her 54th career double-double.

Maintaining her status as the leading scorer in the nation with an average of 32.1 points per game, Clark surpassed two women’s basketball legends in her quest to break the NCAA women’s scoring record. On Wednesday, she moved past Jackie Stiles of Missouri State (3,393 points) and Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State (3,402 points). Currently occupying the second spot in the all-time scoring list with 3,424 career points, Clark is closing in on the record set by former Washington All-American Kelsey Plum (3,527 points) in February 2017.

Known for consistently filling arenas, Clark’s popularity has led to sold-out games both at home and on the road. Iowa had already sold out every home game before the season started, and recent away games have followed suit. Fans are willing to pay significant amounts, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars, to witness Clark’s exceptional skills in person. Notably, during a recent game where Iowa suffered an upset by Ohio State, the record crowd of 18,660 saw Buckeyes supporters rushing the floor to celebrate the memorable victory.