Caitlin Clark stats vs. Illinois: Iowa star records triple-double as she continues chase to scoring record

The Iowa senior recorded her sixth triple-double of the 2023-24 season on Saturday as the Hawkeyes cruised to a 101-85 win at home against Illinois. She led the team with 24 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists in another stellar showing while on her quest to break Pete Maravich’s all-time NCAA Division 1 scoring record. 

Clark’s vision and passing, coupled with another solid performance on the glass, overshadowed a second consecutive contest where she struggled with efficiency. She was 5-for-14 from beyond the arc and 6-for-18 from the field, resulting in another sub-average shooting day by Clark’s standards. 

Clark is continuing her ascent into the NCAA history books. Her showing on Sunday was the 16th triple-double in Clark’s collegiate career, the second-most in Division I history, men or women. 

Of course, she has even larger milestones she is chasing. The Iowa senior already has secured one major record this season, breaking the NCAA women’s scoring record over a week ago by surpassing Kelsey Plum’s mark that she set in her time at Washington. 

However, the Hawkeyes sensation isn’t done chasing after records just yet. While she may have secured the women’s record, up next is the all-time college basketball mark, which is owned by Pistol Pete. 

The win over the Fighting Illini on Sunday moved the Hawkeyes to 24-4 on the season. Iowa has two more regular season games, with a matchup at Minnesota on the docket for Wednesday night. 

How much ground did Clark make up on Sunday? The Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Iowa vs. Illinois as her record chase continues.

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Iowa vs. Illinois score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Iowa 30 20 24 27 101
Illinois 18 16 27 24 85

Caitlin Clark live stats, updates, highlights from NCAA points record chase

(All times Eastern)

Final: Iowa 101, Illinois 85

2:48 p.m.: With less than three minutes to go, Lisa Bluder signals for Clark, likely ending her day. It was another inefficient game from the Iowa star, continuing the struggles from the Indiana game. However Clark showed off her elite ability to find her teammates on offense, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. 

2:43 p.m.: Clark attempts another ball from deep, and this one you can count. She’s up to 24 points while Iowa maintains a double-digit lead over Illinois. 

2:39 p.m.: She gets to the line again and this time, sinks both. The Iowa senior is 7-for-8 from the free throw line this afternoon. 

2:36 p.m.: Clark gets to the line and makes one of the attempts, giving her 19 points. 

2:35 p.m.: Three Iowa baskets in a row, three assists for Clark. It gives her 10 assists, good for her fifth triple-double of the season. 

2:34 p.m.: On her first shot of the fourth quarter, Clark nails a 3-pointer to move her to 18. Out of her 16 shot attempts this afternoon, 13 of them have been from 3-point range. 

End of the third quarter: Iowa 74, Illinois 61

2:27 p.m.: The two makes from 3-point range were Clark’s only points of the quarter, as she creeps her total to 15. She is on pace for a season-low, with her current lowest total this season being 21. However, she is three assists away from picking up a triple-double. 

2:19 p.m.: Clark hits Sydney Affolter with a pass and picks up her seventh assist as Affolter sinks a 3-pointer. She is three more assists away from a triple-double. Iowa is up 70-52 in the contest. 

2:13 p.m.: After the two made 3-pointers, Clark misses twice from beyond the arc on back-to-back Iowa possessions. Her inefficiency struggles from the Indiana game are carrying over to today, but she is still finding ways to make an impact. 

2:05 p.m.: Clark pulls up again from way out and sinks her second consecutive 3-pointer. Just like that, she is up to 15 points. 

2:04 p.m.: There she is. Clark is good from 3-point range on her second shot attempt of the half, and she is on the board for the first time since the first quarter. 

2 p.m.: Iowa and Illinois are back for the second half at Carver-Hawkeye Stadium. 

End of the second quarter: Iowa 50, Illinois 34

1:46 p.m.: The first half finishes with Iowa up 50-34, but Clark remains at nine points. She didn’t score a single point in the frame, but was extremely effective as a passer, picking up four assists in the second quarter to up her total to six. With eight rebounds, she is well on her way to a triple-double. 

1:42 p.m.: Clark remains without a point in the second quarter with two minutes to go. After she turned the ball over, she missed back-to-back 3-pointers, dropping her to 1-for-7 from long range on the day. 

1:39 p.m.: Clark is dishing it out today. She picks up a fifth assist on a lay-up by Hannah Stuelke, and then her sixth on a 3-pointer by Taylor McCabe. It ups Iowa’s lead to 47-28 as the Hawkeyes are pulling away from the Fighting Illini. 

1:29 p.m.: The first timeout hits with 6:56 to go in the half, and Clark is still at nine points. She has not attempted a shot yet in the second quarter, but she has dished out two assists and picked up two rebounds in the frame. 

End of the first quarter: Iowa 30, Illinois 18

1:23 p.m.: As the quarter ends, Clark gets fouled again, giving her two more free throws, which she hit. Iowa holds a 28-18 lead as the first quarter ends. Clark finished the first 10 minutes of play with nine points on 2-of-6 shooting. 

1:18 p.m.: Clark gets to the line for the first time after drawing a foul on Illinois’ Makira Cook. She nails both attempts to up her point total to seven. 

1:13 p.m.: Clark is letting it fly, but it hasn’t sunk consistently yet. She misses another 3-pointer, moving her to 1-for-4 from beyond the arc and 2-for-6 from the field. 

1:09 p.m.: There’s the first Clark 3-pointer. On her third attempt from long range, she sinks one from beyond the arc to double the Iowa lead to 12-6. 

1:07 p.m.: After a missed lay-up and an errant 3-pointer, Clark hits a jumper to give Iowa a 4-0 lead. 

1:04 p.m.: The game is underway between Iowa and Illinois with Clark as one of the starting members of the Hawkeyes. 

Pregame

12:20 p.m.: Iowa gave the court at Carver-Hawkeye Stadium an update following Clark breaking the scoring record.  

12 p.m.: Clark enters the contest against Illinois 75 points away from Maravich’s record, so she won’t hit it today. Her career-high is 49, which she dropped on Michigan two games ago when she broke the woman’s scoring record, as well as the program single-game record. 

11 a.m.: Clark is coming off a 24-point outing against Indiana on Thursday, one of her weaker statistical showings of the year — which says everything about Clark. It was her lowest-scoring outing since early December when she had 24 against Bowling Green. 

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  • TV Channel: FS1
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MORE: Why Dawn Staley says Caitlin Clark’s scoring record is unbreakable

Iowa vs. Illinois start time

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 25
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET | Noon CT

The Hawkeyes’ matchup with the Fighting Illini will tip off at 1 p.m. ET, noon local time from Carver-Hawkeye Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. 

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