Iowa Claws Back From 12-Point Deficit to Take Down UConn, Faces South Carolina in the National Championship


While the Wolfpack hung with the Gamecocks for two quarters, a 29-6 explosive third quarter run put South Carolina in the driver’s seat for good as they dispatched NC State 78-59. The win sends the Gamecocks into the national championship for the third time in seven years. They’ll face Iowa, who beat them in the semifinals last year en route to a loss in the national title game.

The night’s headline event did not disappoint, even as UConn started out strong and Caitlin Clark went 0-6 from behind the arc in the first half:

Iowa found their shooting legs in the second half though and erased what had grown to a 12-point UConn lead at one point:

Ryan Radtke and Debbie Antnonelli had the final call as Iowa was able to close out the game:

Following the win, Westwood One’s Ros Gold-Onwude chatted with Caitlin Clark about the Hawkeyes’ performance:

In the first game of the night, it was only a one-point game at halftime, though South Carolina showed signs of being able to hit big threes like this bucket by MiLaysia Fulwiley:

While the third quarter may have begun close, South Carolina quickly pulled away thanks to lockdown defense on one end and unstoppable shooting on the other. When the final seconds ticked away, Bree Hall and team had shot their way into the national championship with a quarter to go:

After the game, Westwood One’s Ros Gold-Onwude spoke to Te-Hina Paopao courtside about the Gamecocks’ win:

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