Lisa Bluder, Caitlin Clark urge NCAA to recognize Lynette Woodard’s points after Iowa star breaks scoring record

The NCAA said Caitlin Clark set the Division I women’s basketball scoring record on Feb. 15 when she passed Kelsey Plum. Lisa Bluder and Clark say the real scoring record was set on Wednesday.

Facing Minnesota, Clark scored 33 points to reach 3,650 for her career. That put her one past Lynette Woodard, who had 3,649 points while playing at Kansas. Because that record was set before the NCAA governed women’s sports, the body doesn’t recognize certain stats set during that time.

“Tonight is the night of the real record,” Bluder said after Iowa’s 108-60 win over Minnesota.

“For some reason, the NCAA does not want to recognize the basketball that was played prior to 1982, and that’s wrong. We played basketball back then. They just don’t want to recognize it. That hurts the rest of us that were playing at that time. There’s no reason that shouldn’t be the true record.

“At a school like Iowa that has been so rich in AIAW history, I just want to make sure we acknowledge Lynette’s accomplishments in the game of basketball.”

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Clark agreed with her coach, calling out the NCAA for not recognizing the accomplishments of women before the NCAA took over. She credited the players from the AIAW for laying the foundation for women’s basketball to be where it is today, with athletes playing in front of sold-out crowds and unprecedented excitement.

Clark said that without players like Woodard and those from the AIAW, she would not have the chance to do what she does every night.

“It’s super special,” Clark said of topping Woodard’s record. “Obviously she’s one of the best all time. She could really score the ball, but I think it just shows Title IX is not that long ago. Fifty years is not that long ago and I think it just still shows the room that we have to improve and where women’s sports is going is a really great place.”

Lynette Woodard scoring record

Woodard finished her illustrious collegiate career with 3,649 points. She averaged 26.3 points per game over her four seasons at Kansas and scored at least 758 points in each season with the Jayhawks.

Impressively, Woodard’s record came before the advent of the 3-point line and the shot clock. With the 3-point line, it’s likely her point total would have been even higher. And because the shot clock allowed for faster pacing and prevented teams from taking prolonged possessions to prevent the other team from scoring, that also would have contributed to her scoring more points had she played under a different set of rules.

Caitlin Clark points

Clark officially surpassed Woodard on Wednesday when she reached 3,650 points for her career. Clark has averaged 28.3 points per game in her career at Iowa, including a whopping 32.2 points per game so far in 2023-24.

Of Clark’s 3,650 points, 1,509 have come via 3-pointers. Her 503 3-pointers made currently sit second all-time behind Oklahoma guard Taylor Robertson’s 537.

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