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Iowa History Daily: January 6 - Lorri Bauman Scores Big

Iowa History Daily: On January 6, 1984, Lorri Bauman set the NCAA record for most field goals in a game when she hit 27 shots while Drake beat Missouri State. The first woman in NCAA history to score 3,000 points, Bauman starred at Des Moines East before setting a bunch of records for her hometown Drake Bulldogs.

Starting in the Salvation Army League of Des Moines at the age of ten, Bauman’s abilities stood out from a young age. Buaman arrived at East High School ready to dominate during the late 1970s. At East, Bauman scored 3,010 points while leading the state in field-goal percentage as a junior at 73.1% and  as a senior at 71.4%. After helping her team to a state championship during her junior year, she averaged 48 points per game as a senior.

Heading down University Avenue, Bauman continued to score prolifically at Drake. Bauman played in 120 games at Drake from 1981 to 1984 and scored 3,115 points, an average of 26 points per game, and collected 1,050 rebounds. In 1982, Bauman scored 50 points against Maryland in the West Regional final, a total still standing as the NCAA Tournament single-game scoring record.

For more than 25 years, she has held multiple NCAA scoring records, including most field goals in a game, having made 27 of 33 field goal attempts (82%) in a January 6, 1984 game between Drake and Missouri State. She also made the most free throws in a season, sinking 275 of 325 attempts (84.6%) in 1982, as well as most free throws in a career (907 of 1,090 attempts from 1981 to 1984). She was also the first woman in NCAA history to score 3,000 points. In 2023, fellow Des Moines-area super-scorer Caitlin Clark passed Bauman on the all-time NCAA scoring list. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar


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