LSU found defense on South Carolina’s shooters ‘very disrespectful’ ahead of matchup with Caitlin Clark, Iowa

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The Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks on Friday night The last four to earn a spot in the national championship game against LSU.

They did this by slouching regularly South Carolina ShootersDaring to make players jump in a game, the Gamecocks shot 4-for-20 just from behind the 3-point line.

Caitlin Clark (22) of the Iowa Hawkeyes dribbles against Raven Johnson (25) of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the third quarter of the 2023 NCAA Tournament Final at American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.

Caitlin Clark (22) of the Iowa Hawkeyes dribbles against Raven Johnson (25) of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the third quarter of the 2023 NCAA Tournament Final at American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Caitlin Clark, who led Iowa with 41 points, fanned out to wave quickly South Carolina guard Raven Johnson In the first half as Johnson stood wide open over the arc.

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The strategy seems to have bothered a few LSU players.

“I watched the game, and I’m watching them guard South Carolina. I don’t think they can guard us like that,” he said. LSU guard Alexis Morris said Saturday, according to ESPN. “I don’t think you can leave me open to the ocean or leave us open to the ocean.

“I, personally, find that very disrespectful. So, I’m going to take that personally in this game. You’re going to have to guard us. That’s just the competitor in me, and the will to win.”

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against a South Carolina’s largest teamIowa made the decision to pack the paint and live with the Gamecocks being released from the outside.

South Carolina scored 31.5% from three through 2022-23 the chapter.

The South Carolina Gamecocks bench reacts in the final seconds of the fourth quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the 2023 NCAA Tournament Final Four at the American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.

The South Carolina Gamecocks bench reacts in the final seconds of the fourth quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the 2023 NCAA Tournament Final Four at the American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

“We’re not going to guard LSU the same way we’ve guarded South Carolina,” Clark said. “Obviously, with South Carolina, you have to pick your poison. If they’re going to beat us, we’re going to let them beat the three-point line. You have to pick and choose your battles. We can’t guard everything.”

“This is a game of basketball. You have a scout. You know guys. What would you give up? That’s what we would give up. We had all the respect in the world for South Carolina, especially their playing position.”

Alexis Morris of LSU reacts during the fourth quarter against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2023 NCAA Tournament Final at the American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.

Alexis Morris of LSU reacts during the fourth quarter against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2023 NCAA Tournament Final at the American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

While LSU only shot 23.1% from three in its win Virginia Tech In the Final Four, the Tigers shot 35.9% from the arc as a team this season.

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“This was very disrespectful, and [South Carolina] He didn’t take advantage of that,” LSU guard Kateri Poolev said, according to ESPN. If they do that to us, we’ll benefit.”

LSU f Iowa square off in the national championship game on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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