Iowa’s Caitlin Clark Leads Team to Final Four with 41-Point Performance

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Caitlin Clark defeated LSU 94-87 in the Albany regional final after an exciting game between Iowa and LSU. With a deep pull-up three in the third quarter to break a 45-45 halftime tie, Clark, an All-American and NCAA all-time top scorer, opened up an 11-point lead. 

Following the victory, Iowa earns a spot in the Final Four and exacts revenge on LSU for losing to them in the national title game the previous year. With two more victories, Clark may wrap out her collegiate career with an NCAA championship.

When asked what spurred her third-quarter 3-point shooting spree by ESPN’s Holly Rowe following the game, Clark gave thanks to her confidence.

Like Clark described it, “I think just confidence.” Being confident in all the work that I put in, trusting my teammates.” However, it was evident that the focus was primarily on the defensive aspect. We were confident in our offensive capabilities. Our offense has been exceptional throughout the entire year.

In response to a question from ESPN’s Holly Rowe, Clark mentioned her confidence and faith in her teammates as the reason behind her third-quarter 3-point shooting spree. 

“I think it was just getting stops and being physical. They rebounded the ball really well. But we weathered the storm.”

Clark complimented the team’s strong defensive play and her self-assurance in her job for the victory. Despite the storm, she also praised the team’s toughness and rebounding abilities.

LSU All-American Angel Reese and Clark were instrumental in the first half of the Hawkeyes vs. Tigers game. Reese responded by blocking shots, swiping passes, and regaining offensive boards, while Clark hit deep strikes and cut drives. 

Hailey Van Lith was unable to keep up on defense, and Clark’s second-half game was capped by two 3-pointers, one made deep and another close to the logo.

Clark completed the quarter with 31 points, seven of which came from 3-point range out of his 14 tries. Iowa had the upper hand, 69–58.

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark Dominates as Tigers Falter

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Caitlin Clark defeated LSU 94-87 in the Albany regional final after an exciting game between Iowa and LSU.

Beginning the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run, LSU retaliated. But that was the final gasp of the Tigers. After Clark scored his seventh 3-pointer of the game, Iowa’s advantage was back up to eleven points, and they never looked back.

Together with his 41 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals, Clark helped Iowa win. She scored 13 of 29 field goals and 9 of 20 attempts from 3 points. 

Conversely, Reese finished with 17 points, 20 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 assists, and 3 blocks. She fouled out on a charge with Iowa ahead 84-74, unable to match Clark’s scoring prowess. Before Iowa’s celebration, Reese and Clark hugged in the postgame handshake line.

The team box score represented their individual efforts. Iowa shot 41.9% (13 of 31) from 3-point range and 46.4% from the field as a team. LSU outrebounded Iowa by a margin of 55–37 in rebounds and had 19 more field goals (88–69). 

However, despite shooting 38.6% from the field and making 33.3% of their field goals (8 of 24), the Tigers were not nearly as effective from the 3-point line.

In addition to setting multiple NCAA records, Clark also made the record for the most 3-pointers made in a single NCAA women’s tournament game. 

This was her fifth 3-pointer of the game and her 538th overall. Iowa will play the victor of UConn vs USC in the Final Four, and she will only have one game left in her career. It is expected that Clark’s achievement will further her career.

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