Iowa women's basketball star Caitlin Clark scored 44 points in an 80-76 triumph over No. 8 Virginia Tech, prompting opposition head coach Kenny Brooks and his team to congratulate her.
Clark said she wasn't satisfied with her performance after the game. She shot 13-31 and missed 4 free throws.
To surpass the 40-point threshold for the ninth time in her college career and play every minute was a greater off-performance than many competitors on their best days.
"I love my players, but sometimes you play checkers and she plays chess," Brooks told ESPN. "She's great... A generational player, we'll watch this young lady play for a long time at a top level."
Virginia Tech guard Georgia Amoore: "She's been gifted by every single god you can imagine."
Over 15,000 fans saw the top-10 teams play at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. This exceeds the attendance at the Charlotte Hornets NBA game the night before.
After record-breaking NCAA Tournament viewership, women's basketball's popularity is rising. It also showed how much Clark is loved nationwide for her long-range shooting skills, which go beyond Hawkeyes fans.