On Sunday in Dallas, the LSU Tigers and Iowa Hawkeyes will square off for the ultimate prize – A National Championship. This is a toss-up headed in, and everybody expected that South Carolina would win it all, but Caitlin Clark and Iowa had other ideas. LSU overcome a large deficit to take down number-one seed Virginia Tech.
Caitlin Clark again led the Iowa Hawkeyes to victory against the No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks Friday night, 77-73. Everyone knew going into that contest that Clark would need a big performance to secure their place in the NCAA tournament championship game, and she delivered with 41 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
Iowa’s superior offense proved too much for South Carolina’s formidable defense, as the Hawkeyes easily cruised to victory. Coming into that matchup with South Carolina averaging the most points per game in the nation (87.6 PPG on 51.1 FG%) — also No. 1 overall — Iowa knew they could rely on Clark to generate buckets and scoring chances without worry. With Clark in their lineup, however, Iowa will no longer need to worry about creating buckets and scoring chances with ease.
Kim Mulkey and the Tigers are one win away from reaching the pinnacle of women’s college basketball, having gone through the eye of the needle in Friday’s national semifinals to secure a thrilling 79-72 come-from-behind victory over No. 1 seed Virginia Tech Hokies. LSU showed incredible spirit despite trailing by 12 in the third quarter due to junior forward Angel Reese’s double-double of 24 points, and 12 rebounds with three steals.
Reese has been an unstoppable force this season, especially in the NCAA tournament. Recently, Reese became the first player ever to accumulate 100 points, 70 rebounds, ten blocks and ten steals in one edition of the Big Dance. But it won’t just be just Reese who poses a threat to Iowa in the finals; senior guard Alexis Morris also provided 27 points against Virginia Tech.
These two teams have not played this season.
If South Carolina’s defense couldn’t contain Clark, another option may not be available. Iowa will count on Clark for another impressive performance to secure a victory against LSU. The Tigers have the firepower to match the Hawkeyes, though, and this will be a tight, hard, fought game. The Hawkeyes pull this out at the last minute and cover the -2. Iowa 80 LSU 75
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