Hawkeyes’ star Caitlin Clark waves off unguarded South Carolina player as Iowa stuns title favorite

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It would have required a private team with a private player to beat him Defeated South Carolina in the NCAA Women’s Championship.

It would also require a player Great confidence In order to end the perfect season for the Gamecocks.

Kaitlin Clark, No. 22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, tackles Raven Johnson, No. 25 of the South Carolina Gamecocks, during the third quarter of the 2023 Women's Basketball Tournament Final Semifinals at the American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.

Kaitlin Clark, No. 22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, tackles Raven Johnson, No. 25 of the South Carolina Gamecocks, during the third quarter of the 2023 Women’s Basketball Tournament Final Semifinals at the American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Enter Caitlin Clark.

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The Iowa juniors performed Friday night in Dallas, Texas, scoring 41 points in a 77-73 win over send hokeyes In the program’s first national championship game.

Carrying the Hawkeye family with taste, Clark left at one point South Carolina guard Raven Johnson Wide open over the three-point line, wave it away and dare to shoot.

Clark and the Hawkeyes snapped South Carolina’s 42-game winning streak and the Gamecocks dreamed of repeating as national champions.

“We have nothing to lose. I have all the confidence in the world in this group, and they believe in me directly, and that’s all you need,” Clark said. “All we do is believe in each other, love each other to death, and that’s what a real team is. If you want an example of a team, that’s what it is.”

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Clarke – Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year – becomes the first player to score 40+ points in consecutive games NCAA tournament games.

Caitlin Clark, #22, reacts after defeating the South Carolina Gamecocks during the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four at the American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.

Caitlin Clark, #22, reacts after defeating the South Carolina Gamecocks during the semifinals of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Final Four at the American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Benslimane/NCAA via Getty Images)

“Love me some Caitlin Clark,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “We’ve been talking about mission focus a lot this year, we had a game plan and those guys executed it really well. This is the South Carolina we just beat, folks. Amazing.”

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The Hawkeyes will face LSU at National Championship Game Sunday as head coach Kim Mulkey had the Tigers one game away from a championship game in only her second season in Baton Rouge.

Caitlin Clark, #22, of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates after the Hawkeyes defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks 77-73 during Game Four of the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament semifinals at the American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.

Caitlin Clark, #22, of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates after the Hawkeyes defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks 77-73 during Game Four of the 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals at the American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

“Tonight showed how fun women’s basketball can be,” Clark said. “I’m sure some people wished this was a seven-game series.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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