Iowa's Caitlin Clark is approaching the NCAA scoring record, but another milestone appears out of reach as Pearl Moore's longstanding 45-year-old record of 4,061 career points remains unmatched. Moore, a former women's basketball player at Francis Marion, achieved this feat under the radar in the AIAW era, setting a standard that seems unlikely to be surpassed even if Clark and the Hawkeyes advance far in the NCAA Tournament this season. Moore, now retired, has been following Clark's journey and admires her skill and composure. Moore's scoring journey began in an era when women's sports weren't widely promoted, yet she excelled and went on to play professionally and win championships. Although Clark is set to surpass the women's NCAA record this week, Moore's overall record is poised to stand. South Carolina assistant coach Jolette Law, who was mentored by Moore, reflects on the impact of her influence on the game.

By the Numbers
  • Pearl Moore's career points total: 4,061
  • Lynette Woodard's women's major college basketball record: 3,649 points from 1978-81
State of Play
  • Pearl Moore's record of 4,061 career points remains unmatched
  • Iowa's Caitlin Clark is on track to surpass the women's NCAA record this week
  • Jolette Law, mentored by Moore, reflects on Moore's impact and influence on the game
Bottom Line

Pearl Moore's longstanding career scoring record of 4,061 points in women's basketball is likely to remain unbroken, even as Iowa's Caitlin Clark approaches the women's NCAA scoring record. Moore's impact and influence on the game, as recognized by those she mentored, continue to resonate within the basketball community.