Register readers have been sending their assessments at the conclusion of Caitlin Clark’s basketball career representing Iowa teams.

Girls basketball has come a long way to be an inspiration

When my mother, Muriel Moss Boone, attended Adel High, she played basketball on a court divided into thirds with “keep away” in the middle. When I attended Waukee High, the only girls sport offered was basketball played half court with defense and offense on each end of the court.  In the 1980s there was a big legislative debate in Iowa on whether full court basketball would be too strenuous and harmful for young girls.

Look at us now.

Bravo to the University of Iowa women’s basketball team and Caitlin Clark for elevating the game to its present fast-paced, high-energy status. Young girls worldwide are inspired to play the game and learn the lifelong benefits of physical fitness and teamwork.

Joyce Boone Chapman, Des Moines

Apr 6, 2024; Cleveland, OH, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark reacts at a press conference at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Team made Iowa relevant in sports

Caitlin Clark’s athletic ability is almost supernatural. She is the greatest of all time. But this University of Iowa women’s basketball team also brought something very valuable to the state of Iowa: respect and recognition. With no professional sports teams of any kind, Iowa is pretty much invisible to the rest of the country when it comes to sports. Our Hawkeye women’s basketball team changed that. They put Iowa on the map. The team represented our state so beautifully: intelligence, grace, skill, and fierce determination. And as a UI alum, I am so proud of how this team and Lisa Bluder represent the University of Iowa.

You can’t ignore the powerful effect Caitlin Clark and the team have had on women’s basketball. You also can’t ignore what they have done for our state, representing Iowa in such an incredible, positive way to the rest of the country, even the world.

Sue Sherzan, West Des Moines

Caitlin Clark is Seabiscuit

Hear me out on this.

Remember Seabiscuit? A book and a movie about a little horse who defied all the odds and won races. Tough times then. Sandwiched between two wars.  People were scrapping just to stay alive. And this unlikely hero, a little horse, captured the imagination of the country. And the world.

Look at us now. Picking up the pieces of a pandemic. Possible worldwide conflicts on the horizon. I’ve got friends I can’t even talk to because we’re so far apart politically.

But we all watched the Hawks and cheered for Caitlin Clark. She is a symbol of hope across the country, and the world.

Just like Seabiscuit.

B. John Burns, Johnston

Caitlin Clark’s consistent superiority is incredible

It may take years to understand just how deeply Caitlin Clark has impacted women’s basketball and the appreciation of women in sports.

A 25-foot shot scores no more points than one from the 22-foot, 1¾-inch 3-point line. A three-quarter-court pass, on time and in stride, or a behind-the-back or blind pass results in only two or three points if a teammate converts. It’s one assist, same as a routine bounce pass to a wide-open player.

Clark’s impact on the game comes from the consistency, proficiency and staggering numbers that she has compiled in every phase of the game over a four-year college career. Hopefully her play and popularity will raise women’s basketball and sports in general going forward. By selling out arena after arena it should raise the salaries of coaches at all levels of women’s sports, NIL contracts, and salaries of professional female athletes.

Women, men, girls, and boys, in Iowa and beyond have been enjoying the wonderful display Caitlin and her Hawkeye teammates have blessed us with.

Steve Lame, Des Moines

Pay Bluder millions more

Congratulations to the Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team and especially the coaching staff. Lisa Bluder and company have shown us what great coaching looks like.

Compare her success with that of male counterparts Fran McCaffery and Kirk Ferentz. The two male coaches are each paid at least $3 million per year although the Hawkeye men’s basketball team could not make the NCAA tournament and the Hawkeye football team has become a constant topic of conversation because it has the least productive offense.

When will the University of Iowa reward Bluder’s amazing success with a salary commensurate with her amazing achievements? At $1 million annually (Kim Mulkey is paid over $3 million), Lisa Bluder is the basketball bargain of the nation. It’s time for real parity in in the Hawkeye athletic department. Give Lisa Bluder a salary commensurate with her remarkable success.

Allan Sieck, Adel

A wonderful example

Thanks, Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team and coaches, for being the role models we have so desperately needed the past few years. You showed us how to win graciously, how to lose without making excuses, how to give credit to one another, and how to work in community.  You made it clear that hard work and dedication are integral to being successful. You emphasized the importance of fun, and celebrated one another. Your positive interactions with your fans of all ages, after games and elsewhere, have already elevated women’s basketball to new heights. You are the epitome of class!  Here’s hoping the rest of us can learn from your example.

Jean Swenson, Waukee