The 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament It comes to a close on Sunday when the highly anticipated national championship game between No. 2 Iowa and No. 3 LSU at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Iowa punched its ticket to the title game by depositing then-undefeated No. 1 South Carolina in the final four. AP Player of the Year Caitlin Clark has led the charge and made tournament history so far, putting up historic numbers en route to Iowa’s title game.
In Sunday’s bowl game, Hawkeyes point guard Sheryl Swoopes’ point guard broke the record for most points in a single NCAA game, as well as a new tournament record for most 3s.
Great celebrity athletes we observed Clark’s historic performance, with the likes of Patrick Mahomes and George Kittle, WNBA stars Sabrina Ionescu and Candace Parker, among others.
On the other hand, LSU is led by All-American Angel Reese, who is putting up 23.3 points per contest. The talented sophomore forward came off a 24-point, 12-rebound performance as LSU knocked off No. 1 Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals.
All signs point to Sunday’s national title concern being one for the ages.
Here are the highlights!
No. 3 UNC vs. No. 2 Iowa
THE THIRD QUARTER
6:48 – Despite being down double digits, the Hawkeyes need to close the gap. Next, McKenna Warnock made a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a slight lead, 63-51.
8:47 – LaDazhia Williams was a force to be reckoned with in the third quarter, which extended LSU’s lead to 19 points, 61-42.
4:36 – LSU stretched the lead to 10 points, 46-36, late in the second quarter with another huge 3 by Aeneas Carson.
The Tigers continued to pour on the breeze in the second half and took a 59-42 lead into the half. LSU’s 59 points are the most first-half points scored in a women’s Final Four in NCAA history.
6:48 – Grad transfer Jasmine Carson helps the Tigers get back in the driver’s seat, 36-32, midway through the frame.
vii 22; Iowa begins to settle into its rhythm, as Kate Martin and Caitlin Clark connect for a layup to cut the lead, 32-31, and close things out.
9:17 The Tigers start the second quarter in style, thanks to the fine development of LaDazhia Williams.
0:39 – LSU found a rhythm late in the first quarter, as guard Jasmine Carson made another long layup for the Tigers. Moments later, LSU took a five-point lead, 27-22, into the second half.
5:02 – Both teams are going back and forth as the first part continues. UNC’s Kateri Poole gives the Tigers the lead once again, 15-12, with this left-handed 3-point jumper.
6:30 – UNC knots things up at 9-all, thanks to an all-out effort from Flau’jae Johnson, who then gives the Tigers a one-point lead after going for a free throw.
8:29 – Iowa jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the first official TV preview, thanks to Caitlin Clark’s first sharp shot.
With this, Clark breaks the tournament record for most 3s, which was recently set by Virginia Tech star Georgia Amoore (24) in the final four.
9:18 Iowa strikes early in this one, but LSU quickly pulls ahead, courtesy of Tigers guard Flau’jae Johnson.
The stage is set
Iowa snapped South Carolina’s 42-game streak to reach the national championship for the first time since 1993.
Heading into Sunday, Iowa has put up 87.3 points per game this season, while LSU is averaging 57.2 points per contest. The Hawkeyes are 31-6 when they have scored more than 57 points. Caitlin Clark leads Iowa with 27.7 PPG.
If Iowa wins, it would be the first NCAA Tournament title (men’s or women’s) for the Big Ten since 2000 Michigan State (men’s) and 1999 Purdue (women’s), which is the longest conference drought in men’s or women’s basketball. The Big Ten has the only major conference to hold a NCAA Tournament title (men’s or women’s) since 2010.
On the other hand, LSU’s is allowing 81.7 points per game this season while averaging 70.9 points in the Iowa contest. LSU is 26-0 when scoring 71-plus points.
UNC is making its first title appearance in program history after knocking off 1-seed Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals.
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