In a year when the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament is, frankly, devoid of good basketball on a large scale, Iowa Hawkeye sensation Caitlin Clark has been thrilling audiences on the Women’s side with unreal performances.
The junior guard from Des Moines, Iowa has a prodigious feel for the game, limitless range with the ability to shoot off the dribble, and an incredibly high level of skill. She’s some sort of combination of Pete Maravich, Steph Curry, and Larry Bird. Those are big names, yet, she’s that good.
Caitlin Clark has averaged 27 points per game in each of her first three years, and she does it efficiently, too. She’s a career 47% shooter from the field, 40% from beyond the arc, and gives the Hawkeyes eight rebounds and eight assists a game, too.
In the Elite Eight against Louisville, she went off for 41 points, 10 boards and 12 assists to send the Hawkeyes to the Final Four in Dallas. But, Iowa now had to play the mighty South Carolina Gamecocks, coached by legendary player and coach Dawn Staley. South Carolina Came in at 36-0, winning games by an average of 29.3 points, with last year’s National Player of the Year, Aaliyah Boston. Iowa came in as 11-point underdogs against the much-taller and more athletic Gamecocks.
One big problem for South Carolina: Caitlin Clark was on the other team.
Clark put on a show in the tournament that could rival any performance by any guard in the history of the NCAA Tournament, men’s or women’s. She had 41 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds as Iowa pulled off the monster upset, 77-73.
Staley simply didn’t have an answer for Clark. Not only did she score 41, she did it efficiently as well, without a great night shooting from the outside. She got in the lane at will and scored on layups of her own or freed up teammates for wide open shots on the doorstep. Her highlights are insane.
Caitlin Clark is cooking early pic.twitter.com/xwgN3OITy2
— Barstool Sportsbook (@BSSportsbook) April 1, 2023
11 points and 4 assists in the first quarter ➡️ just another day on the job for Caitlin Clark
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) April 1, 2023
Caitlin Clark doing Caitlin Clark things 🤩
She is the 6th player in D-I history to score 1,000 points in a single season 👏
South Carolina goes up…..and Caitlin Clark immediately scores 8 straight points.
SHE IS HER! pic.twitter.com/mKU3QJ1HMD
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 1, 2023
And, she can pass!
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 1, 2023
Clark scored or assisted 23 out of 27 field goals for Iowa, and scored or assisted on every Hawkeye point in the fourth quarter.
I’ve been on sports Twitter for a long time. I’ve never seen sports Twitter so into a women’s hoops game as it was with Caitlin Clark’s performance.
How Caitlin Clark carrying Iowa pic.twitter.com/wBus3aWnKX
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) April 1, 2023
Caitlin Clark just played one of the great tournament games of college basketball any man or woman has ever played.
— Mike Lupica (@MikeLupica) April 1, 2023
Caitlin Clark is an absolute DAWG.. it’s like she’s playing a different sport than everybody else
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 1, 2023
Caitlin Clark is tough
— Jalen Brunson (@jalenbrunson1) April 1, 2023
Clark will take on Kim Mulkey and the LSU Tigers Sunday Afternoon at 3:30PM ET on ABC, with the winner bringing home the first national title for each team.