Caitlin Clark’s Rise Reaches New Pinnacle


Clark recorded a 30-point triple-double in the Big Ten title game. (Courtesy of Twitter)

It’s no surprise that Caitlin Clark is a dominant presence week in and week out for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball team. Her name is consistently mentioned in the same breath as the likes of college legends Breanna Stewart, Skylar Diggins and Sue Bird. She’s averaging 27 points per game this season, and that number has never dropped below 26 in her three-year collegiate career with the Hawkeyes. She’s also averaging a team-high in both assists with 8.3 per game and rebounds bringing in 7.5 per game.

However, her recent performances have reached new heights. In the Big Ten Championship game, she secured herself a 30-point triple-double taking on a whopping 17 assists and 10 rebounds, the first to ever happen in Big Ten tournament history. She’s no stranger to triple-doubles either — Clark currently sits at second all-time in NCAAW, second to New York’s own Sabrina Ionescu during her time at the University of Oregon.

But it doesn’t stop there. Just last week against Indiana University, in what was a rematch circled on the Hawkeyes calendar since their defeat against the Hoosiers earlier in February, Clark hit one of the most electric game-winners you’ll see this season. With just 1.5 seconds left in the game on the inbound, Clark took the pass, turned, shot the ball off balance and sank it as the buzzer sounded.

What was most telling was her immediate reaction to seeing the ball go in, and that was to run right to the Hawkeye fanbase. Without hesitation, she sprinted to the baseline section of fans to celebrate, and that truly embodies her commitment to bringing these fans a championship before she moves on to the WNBA in a year or two. The entire fanbase completely adores her as well. Recently when asked if she was considering taking a fifth year from COVID-19 eligibility, she replied, “I just love this place. I love getting to play in front of a sold-out crowd every single night. I love college basketball. I don’t know. It would be hard to leave.”

Her dominant statistics are extensively aided by her three-point shooting range, which seems to have no limit. Clark consistently shoots from logo-area distances and oftentimes drills them. Outside of that, she’s also a dynamic playmaker who can get in the paint for a rebound too. Her play style has left many wondering what she can’t do on the court.

The success she’s found doesn’t stop at individual accolades either, she’s now led her team to a 26-6 record and most recently secured the Big Ten tournament championship in dominating fashion against The Ohio State University, winning 105-72.

The timing for the team’s success could not come at a better time. With the NCAA Tournament just around the corner, Iowa has proven they can compete with anyone. Expect this team to still be around come Final Four time where we could be poised for a generational matchup against powerhouses like Dawn Staley’s University of South Carolina or even Geno Auriemma’s University of Connecticut.

Regardless if the NCAA gets one or two more years of Caitlin Clark, it’s clear as long as she’s suiting up for the Hawkeyes, she’s going to be electric. Iowa has capped off an amazing season as Big Ten champions as Clark and the Hawkeyes’ eyes are solely squared on the NCAAW Tournament, with Selection Sunday being on March 12 and the first round tipping off on March 17.