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Caitlin Clark goes No. 1, changes women’s basketball

Inspiring a future generation of female athletes, Iowa Hawkeyes’ former player contributes to a major shift in the trajectory of women’s sports
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Lucia Macari
No. 1 WNBA draft pick Caitlin Clark trades her Iowa Hakeyes jersey for a chance to play for the Indiana Fever.

March Madness took the nation by storm this past spring, but there were a few key differences between the 2024 tournament and that of prior years. Namely, the NCAAW March Madness saw a sharp increase in viewership and ticket sales across the board, which many attribute to Caitlin Clark’s game-changing ways.

Clark became the highest scorer in all of college basketball history this past collegiate season, marking just one milestone in her career thus far. During both her senior and junior seasons at the University of Iowa, Clark won the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award and qualified for the award her freshman and sophomore years as well.

Alongside these accomplishments, Clark has managed to rack up quite the fan base and following. With 2.1 million followers on Instagram, it comes as no surprise that Clark’s popularity is related to the increased viewership of women’s college basketball. 

According to the NCAA, the women’s March Madness championship game garnered more views than the men’s championship game, became the most-watched women’s basketball game ever and was the most-watched basketball game – men’s or women’s – since 2019.  The women’s championship game between South Carolina and Iowa peaked at 24 million viewers and averaged 18.7 million viewers. 

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Similarly, game attendance for women’s college basketball has also set records this 2023-2024 season. Throughout the season, women’s college basketball brought in a record-breaking total of 436,055 fans, and the championship game brought out a record-breaking 18,300 fans.

After selling out game after game, Clark moves on to the WNBA after being selected first in the 2024 draft by the Indiana Fever. Though her rookie contract has caused some discontent, the athlete can look forward to a fruitful partnership with Nike, which is expected to be valued at $28 million.

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Lucia Macari
Lucia Macari, Staff Writer
Lucia Macari is a junior at LHS and is entering her first year on the Tom-Tom staff. Her friends and family would describe her as a hard worker and they would definitely call her a perfectionist. She is usually pretty busy as she is a part of the Varsity Dance Team, Golden Cheer/Dance Team, a member of Mu Alpha Theta and working at her family’s restaurant, Digs on Canal. She takes pride in her academics and hopes to attend the University of Michigan for Political Science in the future. When she has freetime, Lucia can be found listening to her favorite music – she is a huge Swiftie – or watching her favorite movies, which are “La La Land,” “Little Women” and “Top Gun: Maverick.”
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