Iowa’s Caitlin Clark sets record with 41-point triple-double, hits John Cena taunt

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Caitlin Clark had the performance of a lifetime and let her opponents know it Sunday night as Iowa topped Louisville 97-83 to advance to Women’s quad final For the second time in the school’s history.

Clark became the first to score 40 triple-double points in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament Men’s or women’s game. She scored 41 points on 11-of-19 from the field along with 12 assists, 10 rebounds and nine steals. After making her sixth 8-pointer, she took a page out of John Cena’s handbook and sneered at his signature – “You Can’t See Me”.

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Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, left, looks to pass the ball against Louisville guard Morgan Jones, center, and forward Olivia Cochran during the first half of the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 college basketball game, Sunday, March 26, 2023, in Seattle.

Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, left, looks to pass the ball against Louisville guard Morgan Jones, center, and forward Olivia Cochran during the first half of the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 college basketball game, Sunday, March 26, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

No one could see Clark or guard her.

“I dreamed of this moment as a little girl, to take a team to the Final Four and to be in these moments with confetti falling on my shoulders,” she said.

Iowa will play South Carolina and Maryland winner. These two teams play Monday night with a trip to the Final Four at stake.

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Clarke added, “I thought our team played really well. That’s it. I was going to give my all.” “When I came here, I said I wanted to bring this program to the Final Four, and all you have to do is dream. And all you have to do is believe and strive to get there. That’s what I did, that’s what our girls did and that’s what our coaches did and we’re going To Dallas, baby.”

Iowa State guard Caitlin Clark displays the trophy as she celebrates after the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 college basketball game against Louisville, Sunday, March 26, 2023, in Seattle.

Iowa State guard Caitlin Clark displays the trophy as she celebrates after the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 college basketball game against Louisville, Sunday, March 26, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Caean Couto)

Iowa hasn’t been to the Final since C. Vivian Stringer was benched to coach the Hawkeyes in 1993. Prior to Sunday, Iowa had only made one more Elite Eight appearance — in 2019.

“It’s like a storybook, it’s been like this all year,” said Iowa State coach Lisa Bluder. “We’re constantly talking about fate and how it’s supposed to happen. … She’s amazing. I don’t know how else to describe what she’s doing on the basketball court. A 40-point triple-double against Louisville to go to the Final Four. Are you kidding me? That’s mind-boggling.” “.

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Iowa players, including guard Caitlin Clark, center front, forward Hannah Stoelke, left front, and guard Kit Martin, number 20, celebrate after the Elite 8 basketball game of the NCAA Tournament against Louisville, Sunday, March 26, 2023, in Seattle.

Iowa players, including guard Caitlin Clark, center front, forward Hannah Stoelke, left front, and guard Kit Martin, number 20, celebrate after the Elite 8 basketball game of the NCAA Tournament against Louisville, Sunday, March 26, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Caean Couto)

Clark’s next milestone will be reaching 1,000 career points. I sat at 984 points. Former Iowa State star Megan Gustafson along with Maddie Siegrist, Kelsey Bloom, Jackie Styles and Odyssey Sims rounded out the total. Siegrist did just that for Villanova this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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