Caitlin Clark breaks Pete Maravich's all-time scoring record: Iowa star makes history in win over Ohio State

It was only a matter of time.

Iowa's Caitlin Clark passed Pete Maravich for the NCAA's all-time scoring record in both men's and women's college basketball after a flurry of 3-pointers to start the Hawkeyes' game against Ohio State.

The record-breaking points came from the free-throw line just before the end of the second quarter as the Iowa star calmly sunk two from the stripe to pen her name in history.

Clark entered her final collegiate regular season game needing 18 points to pass Maravich. She averaged a career-high 32.2 points per game to stay on pace for the record largely viewed as untouchable over the past 54 years.

She didn't let up after hitting the mark Sunday either, finishing the game with 35 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds in a 93-83 win over No. 2 Ohio State.

The prodigious shooter previously broke the NCAA women's scoring record on Feb. 15. On Thursday, she passed Lynette Woodard's forgotten scoring mark in a standout triple-double effort. And now she’s the all-time scoring champ for all of college basketball.

  • Top moments in Caitlin Clark's road to scoring record

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  • Iowa's seniors: Sharon Goodman, Molly Davis, Gabbie Marshall, Kate Martin and Caitlin Clark. Marshall, Martin and Clark have all scored at least 1,000 points in their Iowa careers. They will forever be known as taking Iowa back to the Final Four for the first time since 1993, and only the second time. They are the first to play in an NCAA title game for the program.

  • ESPN's Holly Rowe is leading senior day festivities. You don't see that every day. The three managers are up first.

  • Travis Scott came over for a photo with Clark. When the photographers were done, she turned to her team and excitedly ushered them over for a group shot. The crowd cheered when Scott went over to see head coach Lisa Bluder.

  • No one is leaving their seats while the arena crew sets up the court for post-game senior day festivities. Actually, some people are moving. They're gravitating toward the player tunnel to hopefully nab an autograph from Clark after it's all done.

  • Final: Iowa 93, Ohio State 83

    The Hawkeyes finish their regular season with a big conference win that'll give them confidence heading into the Big Ten tourney and beyond. Clark finished with 35 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds.

    Final stats

  • Another standing ovation for Maya Moore, who is introduced to the crowd.

    "The thing we've been saying all along is just give us a chance to be seen, and you'll like what you see," she said.

  • Iowa 91, Ohio State 78

    The Hawkeyes are still up double digits as the game goes inside of 2 minutes left. Clark added another trey and now has 33.

  • "Come on. Let's go."

    Clark drains her sixth triple of the day and urges the crowd to get loud. It's still a 13-point lead. After the buzzer, Iowa will honor its seniors.

  • Jacy Sheldon committed her fourth foul when Ohio State attempted to trap Clark in the backcourt. These two teams could very well meet a week fro now in the Big Ten Tournament game. The multi-day event sold out a few weeks ago for the first time.

  • Iowa 80, Ohio State 67

    There's some talk between Clark and Ohio State players after she grabs a loose ball. It looked like she attempted to call a timeout while on the floor. Clark has another 30-point game and Iowa can't let up. The Hawkeyes are up 13 at 7:31 of the fourth, but have let double-digit leads evaporate this late before.

  • Clark told Fox Sports' Allison Williams at halftime that she wasn't thinking about the record while she was at the line.

    "Not really," Clark said when asked if the record was going through her mind while she was shooting. "But then when they announced it and everybody screamed, that's when I knew. Pretty cool."

  • Iowa 68, Ohio State 54

    The Hawkeyes are starting to put some distance between them and the Buckeyes with the third quarter winding down.

  • Gabbie Marshall hits a corner 3 on a pass from Clark to put Iowa up, 68-54, and it's hard to think of a time today the arena was louder. Marshall hasn't had a great year shooting the ball. She's 4-of-6 on 3s today and has 12 points. Clark is up to seven assists.

  • Iowa 58, Ohio State 53

    Clark is up to 23 points at the 3:37 of the third quarter. She has not scored fewer than 20 points in any game this season.

  • Caitlin Clark collected the all-time scoring record. And Iowa and Ohio State are collecting fouls.

    OSU stars Cotie McMahon and Jacy Sheldon have three each. Madison Greene, Taiyier Parks and Rebeka Mikulasikova have two each. Sydney Affolter has three for Iowa. Stuelke has 2.

    Clark hits another 3 from the edge of the center Hawk logo to push Iowa's lead to five points early. She's a hard-nosed competitor and this game still has meaning for Iowa. Especially since they'll have to adjust without Molly Davis.

  • We are back for the second half after all the excitement surrounding Clark's big moment. The Hawkeyes have a 48-43 lead.

  • It was a little harried here at Carver as that record-breaking moment happened. But as soon as Clark approached the free throw line to shoot, fans stood and pulled out phones.

    The announcer was ready in the arena. Right after Clark's second technical free throw that put her past Maravich, he mentioned the record and called her the greatest to do it.

  • SHE'S DONE IT! Caitlin Clark broke the record with two free throws in the closing seconds of the second quarter and the crowd is going WILD!

  • Tough points for Clark in the paint. She's at 16 points, one away from tying Pete Maravich and two from breaking. The arena knows exactly where she is in the chase. As soon as she put in that bucket, fans stood and began a slow roar waiting for her to potentially hit a quick signature logo 3.

  • Ohio State is staying within range with its own barrage of 3s. It's 36-32 with just under 5 minutes left in the second quarter.

    Box score

  • And another one! Clark pulled up from DEEP on that fourth 3-pointer. She adds a layup and now she's just 4 points away from breaking the record.

  • Clark has another triple to open the second quarter. She's now just 8 points away from tying Pete Maravich.

  • This is the kind of first quarter that makes you think Iowa could go back to the Final Four. Six players have a bucket, including three off the bench. Stuelke is dominating. And all-Big Ten star Cotie McMahon is limited to two points for Ohio State

  • End Q1: Iowa 28, Ohio State 15

  • Another left-angle 3 for Clark. She has 6 points and 5 assists as the first quarter winds to a close.

  • Caitlin Clark is going to keep feeding Hannah Stuelke all day if she can. That's the part of her game that will carry well into the WNBA, when she doesn't have to be the star scoring option every night. She's about to finish her third season as the NCAA single-season assists leader. She's averaging a career-high 8.7 apg.

    Stuelke (9 points so far) scored 47 here in February. Clark bested her a week later with 49 on the night she broke Kelsey Plum's NCAA women's record.

  • Clark has had some clean looks early, but she's deferring to teammates and has five assists already.

  • Clark's first points are, what else? A deep 3. She's 15 from passing Maravich. A slower start than we've seen from her recently when she's close to a record. Clark is 1-4 (1-3 from 3) and after a brief rest on the bench, is heading back into the game. Iowa leads, 13-7, at 4:40.

  • Caitlin Clark is on the board with her first 3 of the game. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes have traded blows early, but the home team is up 13-7 early.

  • I was chatting with a local coffee shop owner this morning who has season tickets. He said he hopes the excitement continues in the city even with Caitlin Clark leaving for the WNBA. Hannah Stuelke, a sophomore forward, should play a huge part in that. She has four points early. Clark with three assists finding her.

  • We are underway at Carver-Hawkeye Arena!

  • Ohio State is known for its press. Iowa is known for burning teams in transition. A big part of the game to watch today.

  • Iowa fans are on the mark today. They cheered during College GameDay when it was mentioned Iowa was the last team to defeat South Carolina, which is on its way to a second undefeated regular season after losing in the NCAA semifinals. They vehemently booed any mention of LSU, which defeated Iowa in the national championship game. And they gave a healthy boo during Ohio State introductions.

    The ground-shaking roars are about to come out with Iowa's final regular season introductions of 2023-24.

  • Here's Caitlin Clark's reaction to meeting Moore. As Cassandra noted, Moore was Clark's favorite player growing up.

  • We're just a few minutes away from tip at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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  • Those in attendance today include Maya Moore, Lynette Woodard and Jake from State Farm.

    Moore was Caitlin Clark's favorite player growing up. Clark met her briefly as a child attending Minnesota Lynx games, where Moore won four WNBA championships in seven years. Clark recalled recently wanting Moore's autograph, but not having a pen on her. They spoke pre-game in a surprise for Clark.

    Woodard held the all-time women's large-school collegiate record until Clark broke it on Wednesday. Lisa Bluder and the Iowa program invited Woodard to attend today, and Woodard made an appearance on ESPN's College GameDay.

    And, of course, it's another sell-out with 15,000-plus in their seats.

  • Iowa and Ohio State are finishing warm-ups with 30 minutes on the clock until tip of the regular season finale. This is Iowa's final regular season game at home, but the Hawkeyes could host two more games this month. Iowa is a likely top-four seed in the NCAA women's tournament. Those 16 teams host first- and second-round games. A win by either team today would help solidify a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

    There's also more immediate impact. Ohio State locked up the Big Ten regular season title last week, but this game still holds consequences for Iowa. The Hawkeyes are playing for the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament.

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