Caitlin Clark breaks Kelsey Plum’s NCAA women’s record for most 30-point games

  • The senior notched her 30th point in the fourth quarter of a 113-90 win against Drake. She finished with 35 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and seven steals.
  • Plum, who played at Washington, set the previous mark of 38 30-point games in 2017.
  • With one more 30-plus point game, Clark will match the overall NCAA record, which was set by Detroit’s Antoine Davis last season. And with two more games, she’ll own the overall record.

What stands out about this record?

Clark has her name all over a bunch of NCAA records, but what feels most impressive about this specific record is how often she has dropped 30-plus points on top opponents. It shouldn’t be lost on folks that Clark’s first 30-point game came in just the second outing of her career as a freshman, and she broke the record against Drake with a 35-point night.

More often than not, these huge nights have come against big opponents. Clark has averaged 29.6 points per game versus AP top-10 opponents during her Iowa career (per ESPN Stats & Info). Her most recent 30-point game against a top-10 opponent came in the season opener when Clark dropped 44 on then-No. 8 Virginia Tech.

What’s the next record Clark will break?

Davis holds the overall NCAA record for 30-plus point outings during a career at 40 games. So, it’s fair to expect that record to fall within weeks.

Plum also holds the record for career scoring with 3,527 points. If she stays healthy this full season, Clark will almost certainly top that record by the end of this season. She entered Sunday with 2,837 so as long as she keeps up her per-game average, this is a record that would likely fall by the end of the regular season.

Kelsey Mitchell holds the record for the most 3-pointers made during a four-year career (497). If Clark knocks down four to five per game over 30 games this season, she’ll be on pace to take that record, too.

The single-game scoring record is 61 points, set by Lee in January 2022. That’s certainly within range for Clark — her highest single-game total to this point in her career is 46 against Michigan during her sophomore year.

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