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With scoring record in rearview, how close is Caitlin Clark to catching Taylor Robertson?

Feb. 18—Just a year after Oklahoma's Taylor Robertson became the NCAA's Division I leader in career 3-pointers made, that record is already being threatened again.

Iowa's Caitlin Clark has earned national attention in a way that few before her have ever seen. Stadiums are sold out and ticket prices are sky-high at almost every venue the Hawkeyes have visited with Clark on a collision course with the NCAA career scoring record.

Three days ago it finally happened when the senior pulled up from 35 feet and buried the shot to cement her place in college basketball history. Despite maintaining a team-first mentality following the game, it was clearly an important accomplishment for Clark.

Clark said that now that the scoring record is hers, she's focused on winning a national championship as the season comes to an end.

"There are so many people who have come before me and laid such a great foundation for women's basketball, and that has to be celebrated, too," Clark said after Thursday's game. "We're really getting into the best part of basketball season. These are the times when your team really shows who you are."

Still, Clark likely isn't done breaking NCAA records.

Perhaps the most notable would be Robertson's career 3-point mark (537). Clark needs 50 more 3's to tie the former Sooner's record.

Iowa has four games remaining in the regular season, then the Big Ten Tournament and then the NCAA Tournament. If Clark is able to play in every game the rest of the season, she should have at least six games remaining, but likely more.

The Hawkeyes are the No. 4 team in the country and in second place in the Big Ten standings. Assuming the Hawkeyes don't slide in the rankings over the final two weeks, they'll likely get a maximum of three or four games in the Big Ten Tournament and as many as five games in the NCAA Tournament.

That gives Clark somewhere between six and 13 games to catch Robertson. If the Hawkeyes' guard only has six games remaining, she'll need to hit over eight 3's per game to reach that mark.

If Iowa reaches the championship game in both tournaments, she would need to hit just under four per game.

This season she's averaged 5.4 makes from behind the arc. If she can continue that pace, she'll pass Robertson in 10 games (9.3 games).

The competition is only going to get tougher as each game becomes a win-or-go-home situation, but Clark seems to only get better during big games. Last season, Clark hit eight 3-pointers in the Elite Eight against Louisville, five in the Final Four against South Carolina and eight in the national title game against LSU.

In nine postseason games last season, Clark averaged exactly five triples per game.

While Clark's ability to get near Robertson's record in one fewer season shouldn't be dismissed, it also doesn't take away from how impressive Robertson's career was. Despite playing 25 less games, Clark has already taken 50 more shots from behind the arc than Robertson did during her five seasons.

Robertson was a career 44% 3-point shooter and was far less ball dominant, finding the most of her success when working for a shot off the ball. Clark is still incredibly efficient despite averaging over 10 attempts per game, but is still far behind Robertson's 3-point shooting percentage with a 38.4% average over four seasons.

Tarik Masri is the sports editor for The Transcript covering OU athletics and area sports. You can reach him by emailing tarik@normantranscript.com