Thursday night, Caitlin Clark will play in front of almost 15,000 fans in Carver-Hawkeye, as they watch her score 8 points — and likely many more — to set a new NCAA women’s Division I record for career points.

It’ll be a historic night as part of a historic career.

Clark, a senior point guard for the 4th-ranked Hawkeyes, is one of the best to ever play, and the numbers prove it. She’s the 1st player in NCAA history to record more than 3,300 points, more than 1,000 assists and more than 800 rebounds in a career.

Considering she has 5 more regular-season games, the Big Ten Tournament, then the NCAA Tournament, she’ll likely put some distance between her and Kelsey Plum, who currently holds the points record with 3,527. And of course, Clark could return to Iowa for a 5th-year, although the lure of the WNBA will be strong.

But that’s for then. As she closes in on the record, let’s take a look at other some ridiculous Clark numbers:


Points needed for Clark to pass former Washington star Kelsey Plum atop the career NCAA Division I scoring list. Plum, a Las Vegas Aces’ guard who played for the Huskies from 2013-17, scored her 3,527 points in 139 games, averaging 25.4 points. Clark is set to hit the mark sooner, as she’s at 3,520 points in 14 fewer contests, with her averaging at 28.2 points per game. She’s averaging 32.1 this season.

Of course, this might all be news to basketball Hall of Fame member Sheryl Swoopes, who earlier this month mistakenly lamented that Clark was only going to break the record because she had played an additional year. Not true. Clark is a 4th-year senior, and although she has another year, she’s not yet announced whether she’ll return to Iowa.


Clark’s likely draft position in the WNBA, whether she goes to the league this season or next. The Indiana Fever hold this spring’s No. 1 pick — the franchise picked 1st last year as well, taking South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston —  and would very much like to see Clark turn professional now. Players have until 48 hours after their last game to declare for the draft, which is held April 15.

Clark, a 4th-year senior, could decide to return to Iowa, taking advantage of her extra COVID year of eligibility, but she’s not yet publicly indicated her plans.


Clark’s 3-point minimum in every game this season, as she’s hit 2 in 3 games this season. Her toughest game came in a loss at Kansas State — arguably, it’s her only off outing of the year — when she made only 2-of-16 triples while scoring 24 points on 32 shots. But Clark’s shooting stroke has been pure for much of the 2nd half of the year; in the Past 17 games, she’s made at least 4 3-pointers 15 times. She hit a season-high 9 vs. Cleveland State in mid-December and has notched 8 thrice during Big Ten play.


The number of views, in millions, who tuned in to watch Clark’s Hawkeyes take on Nebraska on Sunday in Lincoln, setting a record for the most-watched women’s basketball game in FOX Sports history. It was the 2nd most-watched game this season (on any network), being bested by Iowa’s game at Ohio State earlier this season. Coincidentally, Iowa lost both games, 2 of their only 3 losses this season.

FOX has twice used what it calls “Caitlin Cam,” with a camera focused only on Clark and broadcast to TikTok. Peacock, which carries Thursday night’s game, will do something similar.


The number of fans who watched Iowa’s first exhibition this season at a crossover event inside Kinnick Stadium. Iowa beat DePaul 94-72, with Clark recording a triple-double of 34 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The game was the 1st in NCAA women’s basketball history to be played in a football stadium and set a record for attendance. The previous had been 29,619 in the 2002 National Championship game featuring UConn and Oklahoma in the Alamodome.

All of Iowa’s home games this season are a sell-out, with Carver-Hawkeye Arena having a capacity of 14,998. But Clark has draw attention on the road, too, with Iowa drawing sellouts at Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Cleveland State, Rutgers, Purdue, Ohio State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota and Maryland. We wrote about the Caitlin Clark Road Show after she dropped a triple-down on Purdue.

By the end of the regular season, Iowa says that 30 of its 32 games will have been in front of a sold-out crowd or broken a venue attendance record. The only 2 outliers are the neutral site games as part of the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla., in November.


Estimated dollars in additional revenue for Purdue’s home date with Iowa on Jan. 10, compared to the amount the Boilermaker athletic department typically brings in for a women’s basketball home game.

According to the Greater Lafayette Sports Report, ticket sales from the sold-out game — it was the 4th Mackey Arena sellout in Purdue women’s basketball history — generated $106,257, a boost from the $21,920 average for other home games. And concession sales brought in $36,500, about $25,000 more than what is generally expected..


The highest priced ticket (in dollars) on StubHub, as of Wednesday afternoon, for a single to Thursday night’s game vs. Michigan. Although the listing is an outlier, the game isn’t a cheap purchase on the open market. About 28 hours before tipoff, 2 side-by-side tickets in Section A at Carver-Hawkeye (center court) run from $434 at minimum up to $790, plus fees.


Career points by Pearl Moore, who played at Francis Marion College from 1975-79, in the AIAW era (which was later replaced by the NCAA for women’s sports. Moore owns the AIAW’s small college division record. The AIAW record is held by Lynnette Woodard, who scored 3,649 points at Kansas from 1977-81).

Potentially, Clark could even get past the 4,000-career point threshold, although she might need to play in the maximum number of games Iowa has remaining: 5 in the regular season, plus 3 Big Ten Tournament games and 6 in the NCAAs.


Postseason awards for Clark in 2022-23, most of which — if not all — she’ll likely repeat this season. Among many others, Clark was the Naismith and Wade Trophy winner and took home Player-of-the-Year honors from the AP and USBWA. She also was the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award winner (for a 2nd time) and took the Dawn Staley Award (for a 3rd time in her career).


Per On3’s NIL tracker, Clark’s earnings from endorsement deals this season, most notably with State Farm — presumably, nearly every basketball fan has seen the TV commercials — Nike and Gatorade, among many others. The dollar value ranks Clark 4th in On3’s women’s hoops NIL list, behind LSU teammates Angel Reese and Flau’Jae Johnson and TCU’s Haley Cavinder.

On3 ranks Clark No. 30 among basketball and football players nationally.