Caitlin Clark breaks Pete Maravich’s all-time record: Iowa star makes history in clash with Ohio State

By | March 3, 2024

It was only a matter of time.

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark has passed Pete Maravich for the all-time scoring record in both men’s and women’s college basketball after making a series of three-pointers early in the Hawkeyes’ game against Ohio State.

The record-breaking points came from the free throw line just before the end of the second quarter, when the Iowa star calmly sank two points from the line to write her name in history.

Entering her final collegiate regular season game, Clark needed 18 points to pass Maravich. She averaged a career-high 32.2 points per game to stay on pace for the record that has been largely considered untouchable for the past 54 years.

The prodigious shooter previously broke the NCAA record for women’s scoring on February 15. On Thursday, she passed Lynette Woodard’s forgotten score in a striking triple-double. And now she is the all-time scoring champion for both men’s and women’s basketball.

Follow along as Clark ends her historic day.

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  • Caitlin Clark breaks Pete Maravich’s all-time scoring record

    This is the moment Clark broke the record from the free throw line:

    Clark was awarded the free throws after officials called a dead-ball technical foul on Ohio State’s Cotie McMahon for contesting a call with 0.3 seconds left in the second quarter. She hit the first to reach 17 points and tie Maravich. She then hit her second to pass Maravich and extend Iowa’s lead to 47-39 at halftime.

  • Iowa 80, Ohio State 67

    There is some conversation between Clark and Ohio State players after she grabs a loose ball. It appeared she was trying to call a timeout while she was on the ground. Clark still has a 30 point game and Iowa can’t give up. The Hawkeyes lead by 13 at 7:31 of the fourth, but have let double digits evaporate this late.

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

    “Not really,” Clark said when asked if the record went through her head while she was filming. “But when they announced it and everyone 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 as the third quarter comes to a close.

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

  • Iowa 58, Ohio State 53

    Clark is up 23 points at the 3:37 mark of the third quarter. This season she has not scored fewer than twenty points in any game.

  • Caitlin Clark collected the all-time record. And Iowa and Ohio State make mistakes.

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

    Clark hits another 3 from the edge of the central Hawk logo, pushing Iowa’s lead to five points early. She is a tough competitor and this game still has meaning for Iowa. Especially since they will have to adjust without Molly Davis.

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

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

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

  • She did it! Caitlin Clark broke the record with two free throws in the final seconds of the second quarter and the crowd went WILD!

  • Tough spots for Clark in the paint. She is on 16 points, one away from Pete Maravich’s equalizer and two from a break. The arena knows exactly where it is during the chase. As soon as she put that bucket in, the fans stood up and started slowly roaring, waiting for her to possibly hit a quick signature logo 3.

  • Ohio State stays in 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 stopped from DEEP with that fourth three-pointer. She adds a layup and now she is just 4 points away from breaking the record.

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

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

  • End of Q1: Iowa 28, Ohio State 15

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

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