“Very special basketball player” Iowa star Caitlin Clark receives NBA-wide praises for record-breaking performance in win vs South Carolina
The Iowa Hawkeyes have a new hero, and her name is Caitlin Clark. The sensational basketball player has been making waves in the NCAA tournament. She has been dazzling audiences with her incredible skills, and breaking records left and right.
In the team’s recent win against South Carolina, Clark outdid herself once again, earning praise from NBA icons for her record-breaking performance. Let’s take a closer look at what happened and why Clark’s star is shining so bright.
Hawkeyes cruised to a 97–83 victory against Louisville in the Elite Eight on Sunday night. The game was a historic moment for Caitlin Clark. She etched her name in the annals of women’s NCAA tournament history. Caitlin became the first player ever to record a 40-point triple-double and scored 1000 points in a single season.
THE CAITLIN CLARK SHOW 🔥@IowaWBB pic.twitter.com/eu4QbfFu3h
— ESPN (@espn) April 1, 2023
In addition, Clark’s impressive performance made her the first to achieve a 30-point triple-double during the Big Dance.
Clark’s all-around dominance was on full display throughout the game, as the 21-year-old guard racked up an astounding 41 points.
Iowa WBB just did the UNTHINKABLE tonight. UNREAL!
She just punked the #1 team and defense in the country.
Iowa beats South Carolina (36-0 & 71-2 last 2 seasons) and advances to the National Championship!!! pic.twitter.com/ZhoT63YyZT
— College Basketball Report (@CBKReport) April 1, 2023
Caitlin Clark Garners Well-Deserved Acclaim
Her standout performance earned her accolades from prominent figures, including sports analyst Patrick Justin McAfee, who lauded Clark as an “absolute DAWG” and remarked that she seemed to be playing a different sport than everyone else.
Caitlin Clark is an absolute DAWG.. it’s like she’s playing a different sport than everybody else
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 1, 2023
Sports columnist and commentator Skip Bayless also had high praise for Clark, calling her a “very special basketball player” and commending her team’s upset victory over South Carolina, the top defensive team in the country. Bayless was excited to see Iowa take on LSU in the national championship.
Caitlin Clark is a very special basketball player. Her team was a double-digit underdog to the country's best defensive team, unbeaten SCar. She scored a FF-redord 41 including 4 late clutch FT. Extreme will & skill. CONGRATS, IOWA. Can't wait for Iowa-LSU for the national title.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 1, 2023
Former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Chinedum Acho was similarly impressed with Clark’s game. He hailed it as one of the most dominant basketball performances he had ever witnessed, regardless of gender, age, or level.
Caitlin Clark played one of the most dominant games of basketball I have ever witnessed. Regardless of gender, age, or level. Just an absolute master class.
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) April 1, 2023
Overall, Clark’s exceptional skills and record-breaking achievements have rightfully earned her a place among the all-time greats of women’s college basketball.
As the Iowa Hawkeyes prepare for the next stage of the tournament, one thing is clear: Caitlin Clark is a force to be reckoned with. Her incredible skills, fierce determination, and record-breaking achievements have earned her the respect and admiration of basketball fans everywhere, including some of the biggest names in the industry.
Clark will continue to shine on the court. And we can only imagine what other records she will break and how far she will lead her team. One thing is certain, however: Caitlin Clark is a very special basketball player, and we are lucky to witness her in action.
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