LSU survives Iowa’s late charge to win first women’s basketball national title

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The LSU Tigers used a dominant first half to take on Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes to capture the university’s first women’s basketball national championship, 102-85.

LSU went into their locker room riding high with a 17-point lead after the first half, as Jasmine Carson was knocked unconscious from the field.

Carson dropped a team-high 22 points, all of which came in the first half after she scored 7-of-7 points from the field on five perfect 3-pointers.

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Last-Tear Poa #13 of the LSU Lady Tigers reacts during the first half against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship game at the American Airlines Center on April 02, 2023 in Dallas, Texas.

Last-Tear Poa #13 of the LSU Lady Tigers reacts during the first half against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game at the American Airlines Center on April 02, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

But Carson only takes one shot in the second half, missing the three-pointer. Instead of her contributions, Alexis Morris took over for the Tigers, racking up 16 points in the second half after only holding two points after the first period.

In the fourth quarter, Morris caught individual chances and made the most of them by using his mid-range jumpers to do so. She finished with 21 points, nine assists and two rebounds.

With the Tigers still holding their lead by double digits in the fourth, Coach Kim Mulkey knew she was going to lift the trophy with her team when Angel Reese dropped a three-pointer dagger to make it 98-82.

Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes reacts during the third quarter against the LSU Lady Tigers during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship game at the American Airlines Center on April 02, 2023 in Dallas, Texas.

Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes reacts during the third quarter against the LSU Lady Tigers during the 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game at the American Airlines Center on April 02, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For Mulkey, this is her first national championship since winning it with the Baylor Bears during the 2018-19 season. It’s the fourth in her coaching career, but the first at LSU.

Reese, who lost 15 points, was seen pointing at her ring finger after the bullet hit.

Hawkeyes star and National Player of the Year Caitlin Clark tried her best to get Iowa back in the game, but her efforts weren’t enough. Clark finished the game with 30 points on 9-of-22 from the field, including 8-of-19 from a three-point shot.

The Hawkeyes started the second half well, winning the third quarter, 22-16, and even getting their lead to just eight. But the Tigers caught their pace again, getting offensive contributions from all over.

Flau'jae Johnson #4 and Last-Tear Poa #13 of the LSU Lady Tigers react during the second quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship game at the American Airlines Center on April 02, 2023 in Dallas, Texas.

Flau’jae Johnson #4 and Last-Tear Poa #13 of the LSU Lady Tigers react during the second quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game at the American Airlines Center on April 02, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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LaDazia Williams also had 20 points for the Tigers, while Flaugay Johnson had 10 points, seven boards and four assists.

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