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Iowa’s Caitlin Clark just 39 points from new NCAA scoring record


Caitlin Clark of Iowa is approaching the NCAA career scoring record in women’s basketball of 3,527 points, held by Kelsey Plum.

Clark needs 39 points to set the record.

In all, Clark has 3,489 points and is averaging 32.2 points per game this season. She’s is on pace to break Plum’s NCAA mark against Michigan on Feb. 15.

LAST TIME OUT

Clark, last year’s AP player of the year, scored 27 points in a 111-93 victory over Penn State on Feb. 8. She also had 15 assists and five rebounds.

UP NEXT: Iowa at Nebraska

Iowa, which visits Nebraska on Sunday, beat the Cornhuskers 92-73 on Jan. 27 in Iowa City. Clark had 38 points with eight 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and six assists. In eight career games against Nebraska, Clark has averaged 34.8 points and never scored fewer than 30.

How to watch: Tipoff is 1 p.m. EST at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The game will be nationally televised on Fox.

CLARK STATS

Clark has scored at least 40 points 11 times in her career, including three this season.

Clark is also approaching 1,000 career assists; she has 995 and is in sixth place on the NCAA career list. She is averaging 8.2 assist. She is 93 assists behind former Pacific star Tine Freil for fifth. Suzie McConnell of Penn State holds the NCAA record with 1,307.

WHO ARE THE LEADING CAREER SCORERS?

Former Kansas star Lynette Woodard holds the women’s major college basketball record with 3,649 points from 1978-81, before the NCAA took over women’s sports from the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

Francis Marion’s Pearl Moore has the overall record with 4,061 points from 1975-79 at the small-college level in the AIAW. Moore had 177 of her points at Anderson Junior College before enrolling at Francis Marion.

Plum holds the women’s NCAA record after her standout, four-year career at Washington (2013-17).

The men’s NCAA record is held by LSU’s Pete Maravich, who finished his career with 3,667 points. He did it with no 3-point line in college basketball and in only three seasons (1967-70); freshmen at that point weren’t allowed to play on varsity teams.

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