Feb 9, 2022 - Sports

Watching Hawkeye basketball star Caitlin Clark is just plain fun

Caitlin Clark against Michigan

Caitlin Clark laughs after shooting an air ball during a game against the Michigan Wolverines on Feb. 6 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo: Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images

It's hard to go around Iowa and not hear the name Caitlin Clark.

Driving the news: The Hawkeye women's basketball star is arguably one of the top players in the country right now — period.

Here's a quick look at how the sophomore superstar has become an Iowa household name:

Background: Born into an athletic family, Clark was always competitive.

  • If there was a game of Candyland, you bet she wanted to win, her mom, Anne, told Iowa PBS.
  • Her father, Brent Clark, played baseball and basketball for Simpson College. Her older brother, Blake, plays football at Iowa State.

As a kid, she idolized her cousins, who played for the Dowling Maroons.

  • So much so, that her parents punished her and her brothers for fighting one night by prohibiting them from going to a Dowling vs. Valley game they planned on attending.
  • "I was so mad," Clark told the Register.

By the time Clark played as a point guard at Dowling herself, she was already sought after by big universities for her athletic talent, including Notre Dame, Duke and UCLA.

  • She always put in the time and hard work. But there's also a "God-given talent" — that whenever she wants to take a shot, it happens, her parents told PBS.

Clark ultimately chose to stay in-state and play for Iowa, saying she had big goals of helping elevate the team to the Final Four.

  • And elevate it she has — in the last game against Michigan, Clark scored 25 fourth-quarter points.
  • Plus: Her parents told the Register that Clark plays better the more family are there to watch her, so choosing Iowa just made sense.

The bottom line: Women's March Madness is growing and seeing Clark's incredible athletic feats on the court shows us how fast and exciting the game is — and also just plain fun.


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