Iowa Hawkeyes to retire Caitlin Clark's No. 22 jersey

ByJacob Lev, CNN
Thursday, April 11, 2024
University of Iowa Hawkeyes to retire Caitlin Clark's No. 22 jersey
The University of Iowa will retire Caitlin Clark's No. 22 jersey, the school announced on Wednesday.

IOWA CITY -- The University of Iowa will retire Caitlin Clark's No. 22 jersey, the school announced on Wednesday.

The school's athletic director Beth Goetz also announced the news during the team's end-of-the-season celebration to a rousing ovation from the fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

"We always knew your jersey would be hanging in the rafters," Goetz said. "It is a privilege for me to now make that official. You will be the last to wear No. 22."

Clark, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA men's and women's Division I basketball history, called the honor "super incredible."

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"Something I am very thankful for and, obviously, I have had some incredible teammates over the course of my four years here," Clark, who is now bound for the WNBA, said.

"There's been a lot of really good 22's to come before me and play for this program. ... That number holds a lot of weight. Far beyond my name and I guess I am just really grateful and it'll be a special day when it happens."

For the second year in a row, Iowa and Clark came up short in the national championship game, this time losing to South Carolina.

"I look up in the rafters and I see that Final Four banner from last year," Hawkeyes head coach Lisa Bluder said.

"And I am going to look forward to seeing No. 22 hang up there as well. But I am also looking forward to seeing another Final Four banner up there that says 'Cleveland' on it - national runner-up," she added.

The 22-year-old will become the third Hawkeyes women's basketball player to have her jersey retired, after Michelle Edwards (No. 30, 1985-1988) and Megan Gustafson (No. 10, 2015-2019).

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