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Iowa's Caitlin Clark gets surprise from Minnesota Lynx legend Maya Moore before breaking scoring record

Fans pack Williams Arena to see Caitlin Clark make history
Fans pack Williams Arena to see Caitlin Clark make history 02:08

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa's Caitlin Clark made NCAA history on Sunday, and she did it in front of a Minnesota basketball legend.

Former Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore surprised Clark during a pregame interview, according to the Hawkeyes team account on X.

Clark became the all-time NCAA Division I scoring leader during sixth-ranked Iowa's final regular season game against No. 2 Ohio State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - FEBRUARY 28: Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes warms up prior to the start of the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Williams Arena on February 28, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Hawkeyes defeated the Golden Gophers 108-60. David Berding / Getty Images

Four days after she broke Lynette Woodard's major college women's record, Clark passed Pete Maravich's total of 3,617 points just before halftime on a free throw.

Another full house will be on hand to celebrate Clark's senior day. On Thursday, she announced she would enter the 2024 WNBA draft and skip the fifth year of eligibility available to athletes who competed during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Indiana Fever and the WNBA is already seeing a rise in ticket sales.

Logitix, which researches prices on ticket resale platforms, reported an average sale price of $598 for a ticket to this game purchased since Feb. 1.

Clark is all but assured of one or two more appearances at the arena after Sunday. Iowa is projected to be a No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament, meaning it would be at home for the first two rounds.

Pearl Moore of Francis Marion owns the overall women's record with 4,061 points from 1975-79 at the small-college level in the AIAW. Moore had 177 points at Anderson Junior College before enrolling at Francis Marion.

Clark is 411 behind Moore, and she has only three to 10 more games left in an Iowa uniform depending on how far the Hawkeyes advance in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.

Though Clark passed Maravich, the accomplishment will be subject to scrutiny.

Maravich's all-time scoring mark is one of the more remarkable in sports history: It was set in just 83 games across three seasons from 1967 to 1970. There was no shot clock or 3-point line in those days. The 3-pointer line was adopted in 1986.

Maravich averaged 44.2 points per game. He scored more than 60 in a game four times, topping out at 69 against Alabama on Feb. 7, 1970.

Clark averages 28.3 points for her career and will be playing in her 130th game Sunday. Her career-best output was 49 points against Michigan on Feb. 15, when she passed Kelsey Plum as the NCAA women's Division I career scoring leader.

Clark has 54 games with at least 30 points, most of any player in men's or women's college basketball over the last 25 years. She has six triple-doubles this season and 17 in her career.

With Clark the headliner, Iowa has helped sell out or break an attendance record in 30 of 32 games this season. The only two games that didn't happen were at a Thanksgiving tournament in Florida.

"She is just a phenomenal, phenomenal player who has helped change the women's game," Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. "She has helped bring an enormous amount of light and respect and viewers to the women's game. She is awesome. She is a competitor.

"You either love her or you hate her, but you normally hate her because of how hard she competes. I have a tremendous amount of respect for somebody who is that competitive and has never met a shot she didn't like."

Moore officially retired from the WNBA last year, though she played her last game in 2018. She spent her entire career in Minnesota and is first in franchise history in points per game. She won four championships with the Lynx, and in 2021 was named one of the WNBA's top 25 players of all time.

Moore put her career on hold to help free Jonathan Irons, a wrongfully convicted Missouri man whom she later married

Note: The video above originally aired Feb. 29, 2024.

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