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SThe NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament finals begin on Sunday. Attracted more US TV viewers The game, which featured a final over the men's final for the first time in history, is being hailed as a turning point for women's sports in the United States. Pioneers of star athletes like Connecticut's Paige Bueckers, LSU's Angel Reese, and Southern California's JuJu Watkins are shaping the future of how all women's sports are covered, commercialized, and consumed. Over the past few months, the women's game has raised its profile to unprecedented heights while recalibrating expectations.

But no player has raised the national consciousness quite like Caitlin Clark. Caitlin Clark is a ponytailed, once-in-a-generation talent from the University of Iowa who has had a huge impact on college basketball and American sports in general, belying her modest 6-foot frame.

22 years old from West Des Moines. Beating Pete Maravich's 54-year-old record He became the leading scorer in major college basketball history earlier this year, leading Iowa to the finals and repeatedly setting new benchmarks in television ratings in the process. After the Hawkeyes were denied a storyline ending by South Carolina in Sunday's title game, Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley said that despite Clark leading all scorers with 30 points, Cleveland's Rocket He didn't even begin his victory speech at Mortgage Fieldhouse when he paid tribute to the woman. At this point, saying: “I would like to personally thank Caitlin Clark for elevating our sport. She has carried a huge burden for our sport and it won't stop here.”

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Caitlin Clark's best moments

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Caitlin Clark's best moments

November 12, 2019 – Commitment to the University of Iowa A prodigy who first caught the attention of college programs in the seventh grade, Clark initially played for two teams before transferring to the lesser-known Hawkeyes for a chance to build something special in his hometown. He signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Notre Dame, a two-time national champion. .

February 26, 2023 – Buzzer beater surprises Indiana Clark's national profile increased midway through his junior season. Made a clutch three-point shot at the death. Beating a Hoosiers team that is ranked No. 2 in the nation.

March 31, 2023 – Ruins South Carolina’s perfect season in the Final Four. More than just happy to be there after leading Iowa State to its first Final Four in 30 years, Clark poured in 41 points. Causes famous upset of South Carolina team A person who entered the contest undefeated.

February 15, 2024 – Become NCAA women’s basketball all-time leading scorer. Needing just eight points to pass Kelsey Plumb as the NCAA women's career scorer, Clark made history in style in front of an enthusiastic home crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.she broke the record with 35 feet logo He scored three points in less than three minutes and defeated Michigan with a career-high 49 points.

April 7, 2024 – Third TV ratings record set in 8 days After drawing a record U.S. television audience of 12.3 million viewers for their win over LSU in the Elite 8, Clark and the Hawkeyes followed up just days later with their win over UConn in the Final Four drawing 14.2 million viewers. , surpassed his own record…and Audience rating 18.9m again heading into the NCAA title game against South Carolina.

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It was the culmination of a transformative season headlined by Clark that saw women's basketball penetrate the American mainstream like never before. TV numbers only tell half the story. Consider a morning chat show that dissects the stars, personalities, and beefs of the entire women's game after years of being completely ignored. Or that the cheapest ticket on the resale market for Sunday's title game was more than $500 (£400) at tip-off, more than triple the asking price for Monday night's men's final. Or the more than 17,000 people who gathered to watch the Iowa-South Carolina game last Saturday. at public practice, by the time Clark and the Hawkeyes took the court, organizers were forced to turn fans away.or Saturday Night Live Sketch It focused on how the Clarks have overshadowed the men's tournament. When she broke her college scoring record, fans showed up including Joe Biden, Billie Jean King, Jason Sudeikis, Mila Kunis, LeBron James, and Tom Brady. we congratulated her immediately.

Hardcore basketball fans are familiar with Clark since she emerged as one of the top-ranked recruits in the country during a standout career at Dowling Catholic High School. After first signing her letter of intent to play at two-time national champion Notre Dame, she left the lesser-known ranks in search of an opportunity to build something special near her hometown. I decided to reconsider and work on programs that I had not yet implemented. This choice forever endeared her to the people of Iowa. .

She wasted no time making an impact, scoring 27 points in her debut and leading the Hawkeyes to the Sweet Sixteen as a freshman, but it wasn't until last season that she catapulted into celebrity.

Caitlin Clark signs autographs at the Iowa State team celebration. Photo: Charlie Neighborgal/AP

Clark has a crowd-pleasing style of play that even the general public understands with his ability to score from anywhere past midcourt and create chances for his teammates while playing at an extremely high pace. We make it easy. Her ability to hit three-pointers from the midcourt logo has drawn comparisons to NBA star Stephen Curry, while her exceptional court vision and ability to hit single-handed passes to all corners of the court have earned her making it nearly impossible to contain.

Since then Attracted a record 55,646 fans Clark and the Hawkeyes were reserved for an October preseason game at an outdoor football stadium.of iowa Beat LSU in the Elite Eight It drew 12.3 million U.S. television viewers, making it one of the most-watched sporting events of the past year outside of the NFL.their Final 4 battle with Connecticut Last Saturday night averaged 14.2 million viewers and peaked at 17 million viewers, which was more than all of last year's World Series and NBA Finals games.

Sunday's title game against South Carolina followed, averaging 18.9 million viewers on ABC and ESPN. That number was well above the 14.82 million average for University's 75-60 win over Purdue in the men's final on Monday on TBS and TNT.

There is reason to believe women's basketball can maintain this momentum. Schools are pouring more money into girls' sports than ever before. With social media and new rules that allow student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness, players can now amplify their star power like never before. The growth of conference networks and ESPN's commitment to broadcasting games on its flagship channel means that more regular season games are televised than ever before. The system that allowed players like Clark to get in front of viewers seems built to last.

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“Like everyone says, it's a moment, but it's more than a moment, you know?” UW coach Geno Auriemma said last week. “Sometimes moments become minutes, minutes become hours, hours become days. And before you know it, it's part of the national pastime.”

Women's college basketball has always had great players at the top, from Sheryl Miller, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi, Candice Parker, Brianna Stewart, and Sabrina Ionescu. . But a richer talent pool than ever has produced more stars and more suspense, helping expand the sport's reach to new audiences. They are not watching the games because they are told they should support women's sports, but because they are watching the games in their own way.

The question now is whether the excitement Clark generated will carry over when he joins the professional ranks for Monday night's game. WNBA The draft will be held in Brooklyn, and he is expected to be selected with the first overall pick by the Indiana Fever. Early signs are positive, with two WNBA teams already moving games against Indiana to larger arenas to meet demand.

“We know her shoulders are heavy because of what she has to give to women's basketball. We just want to say we're grateful. We're grateful that she chose to play basketball. “I'm doing it,” Staley said Sunday. “We're grateful for the way she handled everything. Her next step is the WNBA. I believe she can be someone who lifts us up.”



Summarize this content to 100 words SThe NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament finals begin on Sunday. Attracted more US TV viewers The game, which featured a final over the men's final for the first time in history, is being hailed as a turning point for women's sports in the United States. Pioneers of star athletes like Connecticut's Paige Bueckers, LSU's Angel Reese, and Southern California's JuJu Watkins are shaping the future of how all women's sports are covered, commercialized, and consumed. Over the past few months, the women's game has raised its profile to unprecedented heights while recalibrating expectations.But no player has raised the national consciousness quite like Caitlin Clark. Caitlin Clark is a ponytailed, once-in-a-generation talent from the University of Iowa who has had a huge impact on college basketball and American sports in general, belying her modest 6-foot frame.22 years old from West Des Moines. Beating Pete Maravich's 54-year-old record He became the leading scorer in major college basketball history earlier this year, leading Iowa to the finals and repeatedly setting new benchmarks in television ratings in the process. After the Hawkeyes were denied a storyline ending by South Carolina in Sunday's title game, Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley said that despite Clark leading all scorers with 30 points, Cleveland's Rocket He didn't even begin his victory speech at Mortgage Fieldhouse when he paid tribute to the woman. At this point, saying: “I would like to personally thank Caitlin Clark for elevating our sport. She has carried a huge burden for our sport and it won't stop here.”quick guideCaitlin Clark's best momentsshowCaitlin Clark's best momentsNovember 12, 2019 – Commitment to the University of Iowa A prodigy who first caught the attention of college programs in the seventh grade, Clark initially played for two teams before transferring to the lesser-known Hawkeyes for a chance to build something special in his hometown. He signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Notre Dame, a two-time national champion. .February 26, 2023 – Buzzer beater surprises Indiana Clark's national profile increased midway through his junior season. Made a clutch three-point shot at the death. Beating a Hoosiers team that is ranked No. 2 in the nation. March 31, 2023 – Ruins South Carolina’s perfect season in the Final Four. More than just happy to be there after leading Iowa State to its first Final Four in 30 years, Clark poured in 41 points. Causes famous upset of South Carolina team A person who entered the contest undefeated.February 15, 2024 – Become NCAA women’s basketball all-time leading scorer. Needing just eight points to pass Kelsey Plumb as the NCAA women's career scorer, Clark made history in style in front of an enthusiastic home crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.she broke the record with 35 feet logo He scored three points in less than three minutes and defeated Michigan with a career-high 49 points.April 7, 2024 – Third TV ratings record set in 8 days After drawing a record U.S. television audience of 12.3 million viewers for their win over LSU in the Elite 8, Clark and the Hawkeyes followed up just days later with their win over UConn in the Final Four drawing 14.2 million viewers. , surpassed his own record…and Audience rating 18.9m again heading into the NCAA title game against South Carolina.Thank you for your feedback.It was the culmination of a transformative season headlined by Clark that saw women's basketball penetrate the American mainstream like never before. TV numbers only tell half the story. Consider a morning chat show that dissects the stars, personalities, and beefs of the entire women's game after years of being completely ignored. Or that the cheapest ticket on the resale market for Sunday's title game was more than $500 (£400) at tip-off, more than triple the asking price for Monday night's men's final. Or the more than 17,000 people who gathered to watch the Iowa-South Carolina game last Saturday. at public practice, by the time Clark and the Hawkeyes took the court, organizers were forced to turn fans away.or Saturday Night Live Sketch It focused on how the Clarks have overshadowed the men's tournament. When she broke her college scoring record, fans showed up including Joe Biden, Billie Jean King, Jason Sudeikis, Mila Kunis, LeBron James, and Tom Brady. we congratulated her immediately.Hardcore basketball fans are familiar with Clark since she emerged as one of the top-ranked recruits in the country during a standout career at Dowling Catholic High School. After first signing her letter of intent to play at two-time national champion Notre Dame, she left the lesser-known ranks in search of an opportunity to build something special near her hometown. I decided to reconsider and work on programs that I had not yet implemented. This choice forever endeared her to the people of Iowa. .She wasted no time making an impact, scoring 27 points in her debut and leading the Hawkeyes to the Sweet Sixteen as a freshman, but it wasn't until last season that she catapulted into celebrity.Caitlin Clark signs autographs at the Iowa State team celebration. Photo: Charlie Neighborgal/APClark has a crowd-pleasing style of play that even the general public understands with his ability to score from anywhere past midcourt and create chances for his teammates while playing at an extremely high pace. We make it easy. Her ability to hit three-pointers from the midcourt logo has drawn comparisons to NBA star Stephen Curry, while her exceptional court vision and ability to hit single-handed passes to all corners of the court have earned her making it nearly impossible to contain.Since then Attracted a record 55,646 fans Clark and the Hawkeyes were reserved for an October preseason game at an outdoor football stadium.of iowa Beat LSU in the Elite Eight It drew 12.3 million U.S. television viewers, making it one of the most-watched sporting events of the past year outside of the NFL.their Final 4 battle with Connecticut Last Saturday night averaged 14.2 million viewers and peaked at 17 million viewers, which was more than all of last year's World Series and NBA Finals games.Sunday's title game against South Carolina followed, averaging 18.9 million viewers on ABC and ESPN. That number was well above the 14.82 million average for University's 75-60 win over Purdue in the men's final on Monday on TBS and TNT.There is reason to believe women's basketball can maintain this momentum. Schools are pouring more money into girls' sports than ever before. With social media and new rules that allow student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness, players can now amplify their star power like never before. The growth of conference networks and ESPN's commitment to broadcasting games on its flagship channel means that more regular season games are televised than ever before. The system that allowed players like Clark to get in front of viewers seems built to last.Skip past newsletter promotionssign up for Jonathan Wilson and SoccerJonathan Wilson brings expert analysis to European football's biggest storiesPrivacy Notice: Newsletters may include information about charities, online advertising and content funded by external organizations. For more information, see privacy policy. We use Google reCaptcha to protect our website and Google. privacy policy and terms of service Apply.After newsletter promotion”Like everyone says, it's a moment, but it's more than a moment, you know?” UW coach Geno Auriemma said last week. “Sometimes moments become minutes, minutes become hours, hours become days. And before you know it, it's part of the national pastime.”Women's college basketball has always had great players at the top, from Sheryl Miller, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi, Candice Parker, Brianna Stewart, and Sabrina Ionescu. . But a richer talent pool than ever has produced more stars and more suspense, helping expand the sport's reach to new audiences. They are not watching the games because they are told they should support women's sports, but because they are watching the games in their own way.The question now is whether the excitement Clark generated will carry over when he joins the professional ranks for Monday night's game. WNBA The draft will be held in Brooklyn, and he is expected to be selected with the first overall pick by the Indiana Fever. Early signs are positive, with two WNBA teams already moving games against Indiana to larger arenas to meet demand.”We know her shoulders are heavy because of what she has to give to women's basketball. We just want to say we're grateful. We're grateful that she chose to play basketball. “I'm doing it,” Staley said Sunday. “We're grateful for the way she handled everything. Her next step is the WNBA. I believe she can be someone who lifts us up.”
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