NCAA women’s tournament: Caitlin Clark shines as No. 2 Iowa tops No. 5 Louisville

Iowa, which had its only other Final Four berth in 1993, meets the winner of Monday night's meeting between No. 1 South Carolina and No. 2 Maryland

NCAA Womens Basketball: NCAA Tournament Seattle Regional-Louisville vs Iowa
Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, right, is defended by Louisville guard Morgan Jones in the first half Sunday, March 26, 2023, in Seattle.
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Caitlin Clark's star power went to another level as she pumped in 41 points as part of a triple-double to lead No. 2-seeded Iowa back to the Final Four for the first time in 30 years as the Hawkeyes ran past fifth-seeded Louisville 97-83 in the Seattle 4 Region final Sunday night.

Clark also delivered a game-high 12 assists and had a team-high 10 rebounds.

Clark, a junior guard, had 33 points through the third quarter and then hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute of the fourth. The Hawkeyes drained 16 shots from 3-point range, including Clark's 8-for-14 effort. She was 11-for-19 from the field and 11-for-13 on free throws.

McKenna Warnock added 17 points and Gabbie Marshall finished with 14 points for Iowa (30-6), which set the single-season team record for wins.

Iowa, which had its only other Final Four berth in 1993, meets the winner of Monday night's meeting between No. 1 South Carolina and No. 2 Maryland in Friday night's Final Four semifinals in Dallas.


Louisville (26-12) was aiming to reach back-to-back Final Fours for the first time in program history and for the fifth time overall. The Cardinals played in an Elite Eight game for the fifth consecutive postseason.

Hailey Van Lith racked up 27 points, Olivia Cochran compiled 20 points and 14 rebounds, Chrislyn Carr supplied 11 points and Mykasa Robinson had 10 points for the Cardinals.

LSU 54, Miami 42

Alexis Morris scored 21 points and third-seeded LSU used a stifling defense to defeat ninth-seeded Miami in the final of the Greenville 2 Region on Sunday night in Greenville, S.C.

Angel Reese added 13 points and 18 rebounds to help send the Tigers (32-2) to the Final Four for the first time since 2008. This is coach Kim Mulkey's second season with the team, though she led Baylor to national titles in 2005, 2012 and 2019.

LSU meets the winner of Monday's Ohio State-Virginia Tech game in the Final Four on Friday night at Dallas.

NCAA Womens Basketball: NCAA Tournament Greenville Regional-Miami (FL) vs LSU
LSU guard Flau'jae Johnson (4) makes a layup past Miami guard Karla Erjavec (5) on Sunday, March 26, 2023, in the NCAA Women’s Tournament in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Jasmyne Roberts scored 22 points for Miami (22-13), which shot 31.6 percent from the field. The Hurricanes missed all 15 of their attempts from 3-point range and finished with their second-lowest point total of the season.

LSU, which was 1-for-12 on 3s, hit just 30.2 percent of its shots, but forced 18 turnovers and benefitted from a 49-35 rebounding advantage.

Reese shot 7-for-10 on free throws, though the rest of the Tigers were 8-for-16 from the foul line.


LSU stretched a 26-20 halftime edge to 34-23 by holding Miami to three points in the first six-plus minutes of the second half.


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