Iowa vs. Nebraska women’s basketball live updates: Caitlin Clark nearing all-time record

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Only 39 points separates Caitlin Clark from women’s college basketball history.

Clark is within a manageable distance (especially for her) of breaking Kelsey Plum’s all-time scoring record. She’ll have to do so on the road against Nebraska, which she shredded for 38 points during a 92-73 win back on Jan. 27. That began the current four-game winning streak for No. 2 Iowa (22-2).

Plum, who starred at Washington from 2013-17, has held the record since passing Jackie Stiles’ previous mark of 3,393 points in 2017. Plum did so in jaw-dropping fashion, scoring 53 points against Utah during the Huskies’ final regular-season game of the 2016-17 season.

USA TODAY Sports will provide the latest updates, scores, highlights, analysis and more throughout the game. Follow along.

Oof. Nebraska’s Alexis Markowski just picked up her second foul and there’s still almost five minutes left in the FIRST QUARTER. Upsetting Iowa, even at home, was always going to be a tall ask for the Huskers. Iowa has won the last nine against Nebraska, and the Huskers haven’t beaten a Top 25 team yet this season, let alone the No. 2 in the country. But to have any shot, Nebraska needs a big game from Markowski, who’s been averaging a double-double. That’s going to be tough if she has to spend long stretches on the bench. 

First, the update everyone cares about: Caitlin Clark is now just 34 points from breaking the record. 

She’s got five points already after a 3 (of course) and a nifty layup. 

Many people think she’ll hold off from breaking the record today so she can do it at home vs. Michigan on Thursday — which the diehard Hawkeye fans would surely appreciate — but Clark has always had her way with Nebraska. It might be hard to turn that off. 

In case you’re wondering, as you see all the black and gold in the stands, Iowa City and Lincoln are not exactly close.

Just how far? There are a little over 300 miles between the schools, which translates to about a 4.5-hour drive. But Iowa fans have traveled well all season, and a roadtrip isn’t going to dissuade the diehards from seeing their favorite player take a crack at history. On TV, FOX Sports’ Allison Williams said she talked to numerous parents in the stands whose kids wanted one thing for Christmas: Tickets to see Caitlin Clark.

Iowa vs. Nebraska: Time, TV for Hawkeyes-Cornhuskers 

The women’s college basketball game between the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska. It will be broadcast on FOX, with Jason Benetti and Kim Adams as announcers. The game can also be found on Fubo and streamed on Fox Sports Live.

As Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark continues her climb up the scoring chart — the senior guard is just 39 points from becoming the all-time scoring leader in women’s NCAA basketball — and fans turn out in droves to see her, a question has started percolating in women’s basketball circles. 

Could Clark make the Paris Olympic team? 

There’s precedent for recent graduates to play with the senior national team at the Olympics shortly after they graduate. But the schedule doesn’t work in Clark’s favor, especially if she leads Iowa back to the Final Four.

Read more here.

By now you’ve probably heard that Iowa All-American Caitlin Clark, the reigning national player of the year, has a tendency to sell out any arena, at home or on the road. But for a closer look at #Clarkonomics — as ESPN analyst Debbie Antonelli has termed it — USA TODAY reporter Jim Sergent worked up a graphic representation of just how much Iowa fans will spend and how far they’ll travel to see Clark in person. The numbers are eye-opening. 

Whenever she breaks the scoring record — whether it’s today vs. Nebraska or at home Thursday vs. Michigan — Caitlin Clark is likely to do so by launching a lot of long 3s. Attempts from the logo have become her specialty. 

But initially, Iowa coach Lisa Bluder admits, it was hard to give Clark so much freedom. The superstar had to earn it. And now, much like Warriors guard Steph Curry, Clark has ‘a separate set of rules.’ 

Read more here

Caitlin Clark has 3,489 career points (and counting!) after scoring 27 in Iowa’s 111-93 win against Penn State on Thursday.

Here’s a breakdown of Clark’s scoring this season for the Hawkeyes: 

  • vs. Penn State, 2/8/24: 27 points 
  • at Maryland, 2/3/24: 38 points 
  • at Northwestern, 1/31/24: 35 points 
  • vs. Nebraska, 1/27/2024: 38 points 
  • at Ohio State, 1/21/2024: 45 points (season-high) 
  • vs. Wisconsin, 1/16/2024: 32 points 
  • vs. Indiana, 1/13/2024: 30 points 
  • at Purdue, 1/10/2024: 26 points 
  • at Rutgers, 1/5/2024: 29 points 
  • vs. Michigan State, 1/2/2024: 40 points 
  • vs. Minnesota, 12/30/2023: 35 points 
  • vs. Loyola Chicago, 12/21/2023: 35 points 
  • vs. Cleveland State, 12/16/2023: 38 points 
  • at Wisconsin, 12/10/2023: 28 points 
  • vs. Iowa State, 12/6/2023: 35 points 
  • vs. Bowling Green, 12/2/2023: 24 points 
  • vs. Kansas State, 11/26/2023: 32 points 
  • vs. Florida Gulf Coast, 11/25/2023: 21 points 
  • vs. Purdue Fort Wayne, 11/24/2023: 29 points 
  • vs. Drake, 11/19/2023: 35 points 
  • vs. Kansas State, 11/16/2023: 24 points 
  • at UNI, 11/12/2023: 24 points 
  • vs. Virginia Tech, 11/9/2023: 44 points 
  • vs. FDU, 11/6/2023: 28 points 

Clark’s highest-scoring game came on Jan. 21, when she hung 45 points on Ohio State. Clark shot 12-for-25 that game, including 7-for-18 from 3-point range. She also grabbed three rebounds and handed out seven assists in the 100-92 loss. 

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