Caitlin Clark closing in on Pete Maravich’s all-time scoring record

Iowa guard Caitlin Clark makes a heart gesture after the team's NCAA college basketball game against Michigan, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, in Iowa City, Iowa. Clark broke the NCAA women's career scoring record. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

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Iowa guard Caitlin Clark makes a heart gesture after the team's NCAA college basketball game against Michigan, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, in Iowa City, Iowa. Clark broke the NCAA women's career scoring record. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Caitlin Clark is closing in on Pete Maravich to become college basketball’s all-time leading scorer.

The countdown is at 99 points.

Clark, the Iowa guard, set the NCAA women’s record last week with a 49-point game in a win over Michigan. It brought her career total to 3,569 points in her four seasons. Clark passed former Washington star Kelsey Plum, who finished with 3,527 points.

Next up is Lynette Woodard.

Woodard registered 3,649 points when she played for the University of Kansas from 1977-81. However, her achievement is not listed in the record books because she played before the NCAA officially recognized women’s sports. Clark needs 81 points to surpass Woodard.

The ultimate record belongs to Maravich.

Maravich, the LSU guard, has held the Division I career scoring record in men’s and women’s basketball for 54 years after a career from 1967-70. Maravich finished with 3,667 points. That means Clark needs just 99 points to set the record. Maravich couldn’t play for the varsity team as a freshman, according to NCAA rules. By the way, Maravich had 741 points in his freshman career. He scored 1,138 points (43.8 point average) as a sophomore, 1,148 points (44.2) as a junior and 1,381 points (44.5) as a senior.

Maravich had a 10-year NBA career that started when he was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1970 NBA draft. He played four seasons with the Hawks and also played for the Jazz and Celtics.

Clark scored 799 points (26.6 point average) as a freshman, 863 points (27.0) as a sophomore, 1,055 points (27.8) as a junior and currently has 852 points (32.8) as a senior.

Iowa’s next game is Thursday at Indiana. Iowa ends the regular season with games vs. Illinois, at Minnesota and vs. Ohio State.

Here are the current scoring totals:

Pete Maravich – 3,667

Lynette Woodard – 3,649

Caitlin Clark – 3,569

Atlanta Hawks Guard Pistol Pete Maravich talks with his Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons during the Hawks NBA game in January 1974 at the Omni Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo By Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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