Can Caitlin Clark Lead Nation in Scoring a Third Time?

Can Caitlin Clark Lead Nation in Scoring a Third Time?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Caitlin Clark has done a lot of extraordinary things on a basketball court, but this season she’s attempting to lead the nation in scoring for the third time. Of course, Clark would rather win a National Championship, but no one in the history of D1 women’s college basketball ever has led the nation three times.

IowaBets.com – your source for Iowa sports betting - used Wikipedia.com and NCAA records to look back at previous women season scoring readers. Clark is just one of seven to have won twice. Here is a list of the other two-time winners.

Two-Time Women’s NCAA Scoring Leaders

YearsPlayer, SchoolScoring Averages
2020-22Caitlin Clark, Iowa26.6, 27.0
2017-19Megan Gustafson, Iowa25.7, 27.8
2012-14Jerica Coley, Fla. Int.26.3, 29.5
2008-10Alysha Clark, Middle Tenn.27.5, 28.3
1999-2001Jackie Stiles, Missouri State27.8, 30.3
1995-97Cindy Blodgett, Maine27.8, 27.0
1991-93Andrea Congreaves, Mercer33.0, 31.0

🔥 Note: Caitlin Clark's NIL Deals have taken the sports world by storm. 

Bonus Bets Expire in 7 Days. One New Customer Offer Only. Must be 21+ to participate & present in IA. Gambling problem? Call1-800-BETS-OFF. Visit BetMGM.com for Terms & Conditions. US promotional offers not available in NY, NV, or Puerto Rico.

Clark Led as Freshman, Sophomore

Clark topped the country as a freshman (26.6 points per game) and sophomore (27 ppg) – she’s already the only woman with two scoring titles before her junior season. But her 27.8 ppg last year cost her a three-peat as Villanova senior Maddy Siegrist averaged 29.2 ppg. This season, through 11 games, she’s at a career-high 29.5 ppg and tacking on seven rebounds and more than seven assists for the fourth-ranked, 10-1 Iowa Hawkeyes. ESPN Bet Iowa has the Hawkeyes at +750 to win the NCAA title, behind South Carolina (+450), Connecticut and defending champ LSU (both +500).

On Dec. 6, Clark scored her 3,000th point. She should blow by Kelsey Plum’s all-time collegiate scoring record in early February, on her way to a third scoring title.

Six other women have led the nation in scoring twice, starting with Mercer’s Andrea Congreaves, from 1991-1993. Congreaves, a 6-4 center from England, averaged a double-double for her college career and was the first Brit to suit up in the WNBA. She played for the Charlotte Sting in 1997 and 1998 and then played around the world until 2011. In her 1991-92 junior season she averaged 33 points per game, and she followed that up with a senior season averaging 31 points per game.

Maine’s Cindy Blodgett was a scoring leader during her sophomore season in 1995-96 (27.8 ppg) and her junior year in 1996-97 (27 ppg). The 5-9 guard also averaged 27 ppg her senior year but was edged out for the scoring title by Harvard’s Allison Feaster, who led the nation with 28.5 ppg. After graduating Maine, Blodgett played for the Cleveland Rockers and Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA.

In the two seasons from 1999-2001, Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles was the top scorer, going for 27.8 as a junior and 30.3 as a senior. During that senior year, Stiles scored 1,062 points, the third-highest single season total in women’s college basketball history (behind Plum and Siegrist). Stiles was the first woman to score 1,000 points in a year and held the career record of 3,393 points until it was broken by Plum’s 3,397 in 2017. Stiles was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

From 2008-2010, the nation’s scoring champ was Middle Tennessee State small forward Alysha Clark, who averaged 27.5 and 28.3 as a junior and senior. Clark started her career at Belmont University in Nashville before transferring to MTSU. After graduation, she was drafted by the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars but didn’t make the team. Their loss. Since then, Clark has been a star on the Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces and has won three WNBA titles. Another interesting fact is that although she was raised Christian, Clark’s maternal grandparents were Jewish, and after playing a number of seasons in Israel, she became an Israeli citizen.

Jerica Coley is the next two-time scoring champ. From 2012-2014, her junior and senior seasons, the Florida International guard led the nation with 26.3 and 29.5 ppg. Coley was the two-time Sun Belt player of the year, but she wasn’t just a scorer. Coley was also the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, who, even at 5-8, averaged more than 7 rebounds per game, around two steals and more than one block.

The last person to lead the nation in scoring twice was another Hawkeye, Megan Gustafson, in 2017-18 (25.7 ppg), and 2018-19 (27.8 ppg). The 6-3 forward/center won the Honda Sports Award as the top female college basketball player in 2019, and ESPN named her Player of the Year. Gustafson has played for the Dallas Wings, Washington Mystics and Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. Her No. 10 was retired by Iowa when Caitlin Clark was a freshman.

IowaBets.com will be keeping an eye on Clark and the Hawkeyes as well as providing Iowa sportsbook promos.

quote

Author

Howard Gensler is a contributing writer for IowaBets.com. Before his focus on U.S. sports betting, Howard worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Howard is also a founding editor of bettorsinsider.com.