Nobody on planet earth is hotter than Caitlin Clark right now. The Iowa Hawkeyes stormed through the Elite Eight and Final Four on the back of their fearless leader.
Clark posted a monstrous triple-double with 41 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in the win over Louisville earlier this week then followed that up with another 41-point performance on Friday to stun the undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks, a team that hasn't lost since March of last year.
The back-to-back 40-point efforts has never been done in women's tournament history and has only been done once ever (Austin Carr in 1970). The 40-point triple-double has never been seen in March Madness ever, by a man or woman. Neither has anybody else scored as many points as Caitlin Clark's 41 in a national semi-final.
Caitlin Clark is the only player in NCAA Tournament history with back-to-back 40-point games. pic.twitter.com/PPzn5njkjI
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 1, 2023
Caitlin Clark is the ONLY women's or men's player in history with a 40-point triple-double in an NCAA tourney game 😱
🏀 41 PTS
🏀 10 REB
🏀 12 AST
🏀 3 STL
🏀 8-14 3-PT FG pic.twitter.com/su2CKNY6Zg
— ESPN (@espn) March 27, 2023
FYI CAITLIN CLARK . . .
▪️ Scored the most points EVER in a Women’s OR Men’s National Semifinal
▪️Had back-to-back 40-point games
Who doesn’t wanna be like Clark? ❤️ #MarchMadness #IowaWBB pic.twitter.com/gXJhAluZfg
— Bally Sports (@BallySports) April 1, 2023
“We had nothing to lose. I have all the confidence in the world in this group, and they believe right back in me, and that’s all you need,” Clark said. ““All we do is believe in one another and we love each other to death, and that’s what a true team is. If you want an example of a team, that’s what this is.”
After pouring on eight triples against Louisville in the Elite Eight, Caitlin Clark didn't have her three-point shot going against South Carolina. She finished with five triples but needed 17 shots to get there. Instead, she attacked closeouts and got to the basket, en route to an efficient 15-of-31 clip.
Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes will look to complete the storybook March Madness run as they take on the LSU Tigers in the National Title game.