Caitlin Clark’s rise to become the face of women’s basketball has been driven by her emotional accessibility and intensity: She is a charming pied piper who attracts throngs of fans wherever she plays, a joyful shooter who bounds around the court celebrating countless big shots and a fiery competitor who relishes trash talk and the occasional confrontation with the officials.Washington Post - Feb. 10, 2024
THE CONTINUING CASE FOR CLARK…
- First player in DI history to record 3,300+ points, 1,000+ assists, and 850+ rebounds in a career.
- The Big Ten all-time leader in points and assists.
- The sixth player to ever amass 1,000 career assists.
- The third Big Ten and 15th NCAA women’s basketball player to eclipse 3,000 points in a career.
- Clark is the all-time leader in 30+ point performances (52) in men’s and women’s college basketball over the last 25 seasons.
- Registered her 15th career triple-double against Purdue, her and Sabrina Ionescu are the only players in college women’s basketball history to record a triple-double in four consecutive seasons. She has four triple-doubles this season.
- She has registered 40+ points, 5+ assists, and 5+ rebounds five times in her career and three times against AP Top 25 opponents. Since her career began, the rest of Division I has three such games, period.
- First two-time AP National Player of the Week this season.
- The Hawkeyes won the 2023 Gulf Coast Showcase and Clark was named the Tournament MVP.
“To have rhythm and balance when you’re shooting off the dribble, that’s the hardest thing to master … especially when you’re a playmaker like her and you’re deciding if you’re going to pass or shoot. That’s why she’s such a threat, because she can do both, and both are lethal. With (long) 3s, you build confidence based on the reps you put in. I say it’s deserved confidence because I know she’s spent plenty of time in the gym — the mechanics, the muscle memory, when you get out on the court you just let it go. Once you start to see it go in, you build an identity around that, a confidence and a swagger, and she has that.”
"To see her play in person, the only thing I can equate it to is when (Michael) Jordan would come to town … She has so much creativity in her game; it’s not just that you’re seeing a great basketball player, she’s an artist. The logo shot on the left side, it was just a flick of her wrist — to have that kind of strength and explosion, to be able to thrust that ball through the air with that kind of pin-point accuracy, you don’t see that."
“I’m actually very grateful to pass that baton, I’m very happy for her. [Chasing the record] felt like a lot of pressure, and my identity was kind of caught up in that record. I hope everyone in the media takes time to understand that she is not just a basketball player but a young woman that has feelings and emotions. She carries it with grace, but there’s a lot to handle there. If anything, make sure that we show her love outside of her performance. ”
“I call it Clarkonomics. She’s driven the game to a whole new level by herself. No one has ever shown up to watch one player like they’re showing up for her.”
“I hope everybody realizes how hard it is to do what she’s doing. We’ve all seen how terrific she’s been from the minute she got here. She was great when she first got here and now the whole nation has figured that out and they show up everywhere she goes. And the pressure that puts on an athlete is not easy. And at the same time, there’ some pretty good coaches in that league that are doing everything they can to stop her.”
“Her freshman year, as soon as I watched her play I was like, this is ridiculous. She creates a lot of challenges because she’s so unpredictable. You don’t know what she’s going to do at any given moment. I thought it was really cool that with all that she does, she got the (Iowa) record on a post move. Her off-ball movement has gotten really good since her freshman year … to always have that much (defensive) contact on you, it’s exhausting. She makes it look easy — but it’s not. She works extremely hard for every possession she gets.”
“Tremendous player, tremendous person ... You can tell she loves the game and she loves playing at Iowa. She’s going to be one of the best college basketball players to ever play, and then go to the WNBA and dominate there as well.”
“It’s been amazing how much she is growing this game. … She’s the face of women’s basketball across the United States.”Lisa Bluder, P. Sue Beckwith, MD, Head Iowa Women’s Basketball Coach at the Big Ten Championship post-game press conference (3/5/2023)