Hawks Advance To Final Four With Dominating Second Half Performance – Voice Of Muscatine

In a much-anticipated Elite Eight showdown between the two teams in last year’s championship game, the Iowa Hawkeyes, led by the sensational Caitlin Clark and dominating overall second half performance beat LSU 94-87 to propel them into the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. This victory, celebrated within the electrifying atmosphere of a sold-out attendance of 13,888 at MVP Arena on Monday night, not only showcased the top-seeded Hawkeyes’ resilience but also tied them for the third-most wins in a single season in Big Ten history.

Caitlin Clark celebrates Iowa’s win over LSU in the Elite 8. Photo courtesy of UI Athletics

Leading the charge for Iowa was none other than Caitlin Clark, who not only set a new NCAA record for career 3-pointers with 540 but also dazzled with a game-high 41 points and 12 assists. Her performance was historic, marking yet another 30+-point, 10+-assist game in her illustrious career, and breaking her own NCAA Tournament game record for made 3-pointers shooting 9 of 20 from the three point line and beyond.

Aside from Clark, the Iowa Hawkeyes boast a roster teeming with talent that has significantly contributed to their success this season. Kate Martin, for instance, has been a consistent force, scoring 15+ points in 17 games, showcasing her scoring ability and leadership on the floor. Gabbie Marshall’s sharpshooting prowess has been a key asset, particularly noted in her recent surge from the three-point line, hitting 25-of-50 in the last seven games. Sydney Affolter has stepped into the starting lineup following Molly Davis’ injury in the final regular season game and has made her mark, especially from the free-throw line, maintaining a stellar shooting performance in crucial games. Together, these players have created a dynamic and formidable team around Clark, contributing to the Hawkeyes’ impressive record and their journey through the NCAA Tournament. Their ability to perform under pressure and contribute in various facets of the game has been instrumental in Iowa’s historic run to the Final Four. When the shots are falling for the rest of the team and Clark comes out strong, the Iowa women are unbeatable.

This will be Iowa’s third Final Four trip and the first time they have done so in consecutive seasons under Coach Bluder’s tenure.  Iowa will face UConn on Friday, April 5th at 8:30pm in Cleveland.

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