Caitlin Clark Brings Awareness to Women’s Basketball

Caitlin Clark Brings Awareness to Womens Basketball

Although Caitlin Clark has recently become the greatest college basketball player of all time, many people still don’t know who she is. Clark was born on January 22, 2002, and is now 22. She is a senior who plays basketball for the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big 10 Conference in the NCAA’s women’s Divison I. Clark is best known in basketball for her three-point shooting and impressive passing abilities. She is 6’0ft tall for a women’s point guard, as the average height of women in the NCCA Division I basketball league is 5’6, giving her a mean advantage over most players. When Clark was asked about why she sports the number 22, Clark responded, “My birthday is January 22, so 22 is my number.” 

This year her stats are PTS: 31.9 (1st) REB: 7.3 (150+) AST: 8.9 (1st) FG%: 46.0 (131st)

Clark played incredibly last year by leading her team to the National Championship during March Madness. Iowa had beaten the 1-seed South Carolina Gamecocks 77-73, and Clark had 41 points. However, the Hawkeyes lost significantly to the 3-seed LSU, and the game contained some controversy regarding LSU’s star player, Angel Reese. Angel Reese is the 2nd ranked player in her class and currently ranks 2nd in rebounds this year. During last year’s championship game, Angel Reese did the “you can’t see me hand gesture” while up by a lot towards Clark. Many people talked down on her online and thought it was unsportsmanlike. Clark responds by saying that she shouldn’t be criticized, how she trashed talks, and that she has nothing but respect for Reese. She added, “Men have always had trash talk … You should be able to play with that emotion … That’s how every girl should continue to play.” Caitlin Clark is a great person who challenges many people’s way of thinking about women’s basketball and is very passionate about it. So, although Clark came short of a championship, she could still show kindness to the winners and cap off a great season.

This season, though, Caitlin Clark was able to take her playing level to newer heights as she let her game speak for herself. On February 15th, Clark scored 49 points, breaking the record for most points scored at Iowa and breaking Kesely Plum’s record for the most career points in NCAA Women’s history. Caitlin made history by nailing a logo three from 30 feet out. But Clark’s record-breaking didn’t end there. On March 3rd, she hit and surpassed 3,667 points, which she did by hitting two free throws. Clark now has the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I all-time scoring record set by “Pistol” Pete Maravich, who was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1987. Clark once said, “If you put us on the platform, we’re gonna deliver.” This season, she delivered by breaking an impressive record that stood for a long time. She just recently announced that she will enter the WNBA draft, where she is the projected 1st pick.

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