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Luka Doncic Bows Down To Caitlin Clark At Practice After LSU Thrashing Echoed Stephen Curry’s Power

Published 04/02/2024, 3:20 PM EDT

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Caitlin Clark lit up the scoreboards in the Elite Eight game, posting 41 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds to muscle the Iowa Hawkeyes to a 94-87 victory against the LSU Tigers. However, in doing so, she also broke a slew of records, including a career 3-pointer record and a tie for most 3s in a game with nine baskets from the deep. The performance has generated rave reviews from all corners. Even Dallas Maverick’s star, Luka Doncic, was in awe of the 22-year-old sensation.

During a recent interview during practice, Doncic gushed, “That’s the women’s Steph Curry. She can shoot it better than me.” Not only that, Clark also became the all-time leading scorer in major college basketball history for both men and women. Just last month, she also broke the NCAA Division I record for 3-pointers in a season by a man or woman during Iowa’s 95-62 win against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

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While Clark missed her first 11 three-pointers, she finally made one in the fourth quarter. This shot marked her 163rd 3-pointer of the season, surpassing the likes of Stephen Curry of Davidson (2007-08) and Darius McGhee of Liberty (2022-23) for the most by a Division I player.

However, Stephen Curry is still the NBA’s All-Time leading scorer with 3719 shots made from the deep. But perhaps they can settle the debate about who is a better 3-point shooter during next season’s All-Star Weekend.

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Caitlin Clark is “very likely” to join Stephen Curry and Sabrina Ionescu next All-Star Weekend

The 2024 All-Star Weekend introduced a unique concept: a first-of-its-kind NBA vs. WNBA crossover, pitting the NBA’s all-time three-point leader Stephen Curry against WNBA single-season 3-point record holder Sabrina Ionescu. This time, Curry barely squeaked by Ionescu, winning by just three points (29-26). And while both have expressed their desire for a rematch next season, they could also potentially team up Caitlin Clark and Klay Thompson for a two-on-two 3-point shootout.

In the recent episode of FanDuel’s Run It Back, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported, “At this point, Stephen Curry vs. Sabrina Ionescu is very likely for next year. Next year’s All-Star Weekend is going to be in the Bay Area in San Francisco at Chase Center in 2025. And I’m told with Caitlin Clark and potentially Klay Thompson to make it 2v2.” 

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Caitlin Clark has already announced that this season will be her last in college, declaring for the WNBA Draft in late February. And she could also make her NBA debut as soon as the next All-Star Weekend.

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