By Colin Welniak ‘24

This past March Madness was different. For the first time ever, the people weren’t just focused on the men’s tournament, but the women’s tournament was a big hit, too.

Something that really got the people involved this year was Iowa’s star point guard Caitlin Clark.

Senior Michael Moonan said, “It’s awesome seeing the women finally getting the attention they deserve. I’ve always been a fan of both tournaments because they both offer variety.”

Well what made one player so special? Caitlin Clark has had arguably the best NCAA basketball career ever between mens and womens basketball. Some of her accolades include Big Ten player of the year, All American, and she scored the most points in NCAA history. Those are only a few of her many accomplishments.

Senior Ryan Hartz said, “I really didn’t realize how good she was until I turned on the TV and saw for myself. She is one of the best basketball players I have ever seen.”

Caitlin Clark really has changed women’s basketball for the better. For the first time ever the women’s championship between Iowa and South Carolina game had more viewers than the men’s game with 18.7 million watching the game.

Junior Spencer Cerceo said, “I’m a big Iowa fan so seeing Iowa getting all this attention, not just from the football team, makes many Iowa fans and me proud.”

Even though Iowa lost in the championship to a tough South Carolina team, Clark has truly been an inspiration to many young girls across the world. Clark is set to go number one overall in the 2024 WNBA draft to the Indiana Fever.