Caitlin Clark college career: LeBron James, Breanna Stewart and more pay tribute to star’s impact at Iowa

For one team, the national championship was the perfect ending to a perfect season. For the other, the fairytale doesn’t end in history.

Iowa fell to South Carolina 87-75 in the national championship, the Hawkeyes’ second straight title game loss. It marks the end of many seniors’ careers, which includes Caitlin Clark, who put up 30 points in the defeat.

The Iowa legend officially leaves her collegiate career without a national championship. That didn’t stop the tributes from rolling in immediately. With only minutes left in the game and South Carolina holding a strong lead, fans, athletes and more took to social media to praise the all-time leading scorer.

Regardless of team affiliate, it’s agreed that Clark helped change women’s basketball, with more eyes on Iowa than any other basketball team in the country. She leaves for the WNBA as a leader, a history maker and a Hawkeye.

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LeBron James, Breanna Stewart and more pay tribute to Caitlin Clark’s college career

Clark wasn’t going to leave the court without flowers ready for her. And praise she deserves.

The Hawkeye rewrote numerous records this season. She became the major college all-time scoring leader, women’s single-season scoring leader, career 3-point leader and, in the first quarter of the title game, broke the record for career points in the NCAA Tournament.

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The praise includes Lisa Bluder, Iowa’s coach, and South Carolina’s Dawn Staley.

The Gamecock congratulated Clark before celebrating South Carolina’s freshly won championship.

Of course, some WNBA players had a little fun. Clark is expected to make a quick impact once the league’s season begins, but it won’t come easy. Diana Taurasi gave her and other draftees a heads-up that the transition from college to pro is more than difficult.

After Dijonai Carrington noted how good Clark’s passing game is, Alyssa Thomas chimed in, ready to defend her status. The Connecticut Sun holds the single-season record with 316 assists in 2023.

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