Caitlin Clark’s sights now on elusive national championship: ‘Never gets old cutting any net’

MINNEAPOLIS — Caitlin Clark will never forget winning her third straight Big Ten championship.

Now, preparation begins for the tournament everyone else will remember.

One year after leading Iowa to its first national championship game appearance, the most decorated individual in college basketball will make her final pursuit of the achievement she covets most.

“It never gets old cutting any net,” Clark said after Iowa’s overtime win against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament title game. “I feel like we’re pretty good at that now. Hopefully we get to do it a few more times here coming up in late March.

“I think our group knows well enough that the NCAA Tournament is the best postseason tournament in all of sports. If you don’t have it for one night, your season’s over in the blink of an eye.

We’re really only guaranteed one more game as a team, so you’ve got to come in and prepare every single day like it’s your last. I know this team will do that.”

Caitlin Clark (22) reacts after making a 3-pointer to break the NCAA single season 3-point record for any gender during the Big Ten Tournament.

“Honestly, whether they give us the 1-seed or give us the 2-seed, I don’t think it really matters a ton,” Clark said. “You’re more kind of concerned on the draw you get. I feel like that’s almost more important.

But it’s whatever the committee decides. You have no say in that. You get what you get, and you’d better be ready to come out and fight every single night.

Caitlin Clark celebrates defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 94-89 in overtime to win the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Championship on March 10, 2024.

“We just want to keep having fun with each other and enjoying these moments.

We know how long and how hard it is to get to the Final Four, but how much fun it is at the same time. So I think having that experience under our belt is going to certainly help us too.”

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