Watching Daughter Live, Caitlin Clark’s Proud Father Admits “Humbling” Experience

Published 02/12/2024, 9:46 PM EST

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Caitlin Clark is going big and beautiful. Despite the Hawkeyes losing their last season’s championship title, the emergence of this point guard is getting them prominence this year. Clark is the only player in NCAA women’s tournament history to have recorded back-to-back 40-point Games. And such feats are now creating a big sentimental feeling back her home.

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Clark recently became the sixth Division I women’s player to score 1000 points in a single season, and the first player to reach 1000 points and 300 assists in the same season. She solidified a career milestone when she became the first Division I player to record 3000+ points, 900+ assists, and 800+ rebounds. There are many more accolades that she has achieved this season, making her family and especially her father proud.

A heartwarming moment for Caitlin Clark’s father

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The recent matchup between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers got a little more interesting with Caitlin Clark’s father’s presence in the sideline. Brent Clark being there watching his daughter in action felt to be on Cloud 9, although he kept his overwhelming emotions as a proud father in composure with all the cheering going on in the audience.

While the game was going on, he engaged in a brief yet interesting conversation in an interview there only. The interviewer asked Brent about how he feels when he sees the fans lining up and signs for his daughter, to which he says, “Well, the first word that comes to mind is really humbling, I mean, who have thought, you know. As a little girl, she loved to play, the bigger the crowd, the better. This is what it should be like for every sports event. Really, I mean women’s basketball is awesome.”

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As a young girl, Caitlin used to play with the boys as his father couldn’t find a girls’ team for her. Given this aspect of her childhood, Brent says, “I would say, just the competitiveness, the assertiveness, um, she’s very creative, you know. Had to be at a young age, she was kind of a Mark Player. Even then if you can imagine, so it’s just a lot of fun,” as he still sees some of those attributes in her.

Witnessing the fans coming together to watch and support despite Caitlin playing against Nebraska on their home court, the father says, “I don’t know what, but it is obviously we’ve got a lot of family that lives in the Omaha area, so I think that’s certainly a factor, you know. Some teams, you’re just maybe a little more comfortable with, as you play them and we’ve played them. This might be game eight or nine, probably in the series, so she’s obviously had some really good games and I hope it continues today.”

When asked about how Caitlin is handling her recent success in scoring records for the NCAA Women’s Basketball, Brent in the most supportive way says, “Incredibly well! I can’t really imagine what she might internalize but, you know, my wife and I are very aware of it and we try to just see how she’s doing. Obviously the coaching staff, I think she enjoys it, she embraces it. I mean if you’re a performer or an athlete, don’t you want to play in front of the biggest crowds? I mean, who wants to play in front of a 1000 people and a 15,000 seats. So for her, I think it’s just everything she could ever imagine.”

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Clark’s performance against Nebraska

Keeping her scores remarkable as always, it now looks like scoring a 30 or a 40 point game is becoming a regular thing with Clark. Although the Cornhuskers took the winnings, however, the Hawkeyes did a good job keeping Nebraska trailing for the first three quarters.

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Caitlin Clark hooped 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists while playing for 39 minutes on the court. Pivotal at the end, Nebraska took over with a 17-point lead and secured a close 82-79 win. With her best season still in play, let’s see what else is left under the wraps for Caitlin Clark to add to her stellar resume.

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