Iowa guard Caitlin Clark is college basketball’s box-office draw

With nearly three minutes to play in the fourth quarter and Iowa trailing by 13 in a Feb. 6 Big Ten clash against Michigan, Hawkeyes star guard Caitlin Clark secured an inbounds pass. Inside the Crisler Center, Wolverine fans were split with emotion. Some were electrified as Michigan sat on the cusp of its 21st win of the season. Meanwhile, others patiently sat on the edge of their seats waiting to see what was coming next from the most celebrated scorer in women’s college basketball this season.

From the far-right sideline, Clark weaved quickly through Michigan’s rickety transition defense. On the inside of the maize-blue “M” logo, she launched a three-pointer that ricocheted through the net. It was a sight that has become far too familiar in the sophomore’s career. Despite the eventual eight-point loss for Clark and the Hawkeyes, the sensational 6 ‘guard scored a career-high 46 points and secured her third 40-point game and seventh double-double performance.

Clark, who has continued her ascent as one of the nation’s most prolific players, is a college basketball’s box-office movie taking place along the plains of East Iowa. And for the more than 15,000 fans that squeeze inside the Carver-Hawkeye Arena to witness the live motion picture, they take it seriously.

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