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Goodbye college basketball, hello WNBA

Credit to Dianna Costa

When you talk about March Madness, it is mostly about the men’s side of the bracket, not the women’s. According to, the average men’s March Madness game has 10.1 million viewers compared to Women’s basketball whose highest viewer count was 4.4 million viewers previous to this year.

However, after the Iowa Hawkeye rising star Caitlin Clark broke the all-time scoring record for women’s college basketball, everyone has wanted to see her play. The Final Four game between UConn and Iowa reached 14.4 million viewers and the championship game between South Carolina and Iowa achieved 17 million viewers, both shattering the previous record. However, with her leaving Iowa to go to the WNBA, how will NCAAW be without her and what type of legacy did Caitlin Clark leave?

“I watched Caitlin Clark throughout the women’s tournament,” Morgan Duff ’26 said. “Even though the season is over, the legacy she left will continue to inspire not only the current female generation but the generations to come.”

Caitlin Clark had a generational season this year averaging over 30 points a game and making shots from the logo on half-court. With the Iowa Hawkeyes coming short of a title for the second year in a row and Clark graduating and entering the WNBA draft, a huge question has been left on how women’s college basketball will be seen in the future.

“Clark has helped create a fanbase for women’s basketball that I don’t foresee going away,” teacher Shannon Sugamele said. “When people tuned in to watch Caitlin, other talented female basketball players also received massive recognition. Many players will be playing again next year, whether it’s collegiate or professional basketball, and they now have fans who will follow them.”

The legacy Clark left on the league has boosted not only viewership to another level but the recognition of women’s sports was at an all-time high as well. The Women’s championship game brought in more viewers than either of the men’s Final Four games and the ticket pricing for the NCAAW Championship game cost more than the men’s final.

“Even though Clark will be in the WNBA her legacy will be remembered forever,” Sugamele said. “It’s not just about her talent on the court, but the things she does off the court to help inspire the next generation of female basketball players is something special.”

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Matthew Hamilton '26, Copy Editor
On the surface, Matthew Hamilton ’26 is your average teenage boy. His life is prioritized around sports, video games and occasionally sports card trading. Getting an inside look into the life of Hamilton, we can observe that he is far from average. As a future member of the Save the Lakes club and also of the Latin club, he thrives in helping others and communicating. Hamilton also enjoys writing, which is why he joined Tower.“During Honors Journalism, teamwork and communication made me understand how important those two essentials mean,” Hamilton said. He also wants to thank Honors Journalism for making his writing skills better than ever. Matthew appreciates the time that he spent in Honors Journalism and he is so excited to be a first year staffer.

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