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Caitlin Clark soars into history, breaks NCAA women's scoring record

IOWA CITY - Caitlin Clark didn't let history linger, racing out of the gate to score eight points in the first three minutes of Iowa's 106-89 win over Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday to surpass Kelsey Plum as the all-time leading scorer in NCAA women's basketball. And Clark didn't settle for just one milestone, either; the senior guard posted a career-high 49 points to set a Hawkeyes record and an arena record.

The reigning Naismith player of the year entered the night with 3,520 points, seven shy of Plum. Clark wasted no time, making a right-handed layup on the Hawkeyes' first possession and a three-pointer on their second to get within reach of the milestone. After a pair of Iowa turnovers, Clark pushed the ball up the court in transition and pulled up from three steps inside the center court line near the left sideline to swish the record-setting three-pointer just 2:15 into the game.

Clark celebrated by flexing toward the court as she got back on defense, and Iowa called a timeout shortly thereafter to acknowledge the record. The Hawkeyes cleared the bench to mob their star during the dead ball, and Hawkeyes Coach Lisa Bluder planted a kiss on Clark's left cheek as she returned to the huddle to a raucous standing ovation.


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