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  • Writer's pictureFagothethird Franklin

South Carolina completes an undefeated season with a National Championship

The numbers have been up for women's basketball this year and it was going to continue with a match-up between undefeated South Carolina and Iowa. For the past few weeks, everyone is riding the Caitlin Clark train and putting her in discussions as the greatest women's ball player ever. On the other side of the spectrum, South Carolina has been under the radar, despite the fact that they have not lost a game this season.

It was the typical David vs Goliath match-up, so it was interesting to see how each team would match-up with each other. For the first time in a very long time, South Carolina faced a bit of adversity as they had to climb out of a tough hole. Caitlin Clark finished the first quarter with 18 points. Despite Clark having one heck of a quarter, things picked up for SC as they got their offense rolling. They went on a 20-14 run in the second to end the half up 49-46.

South Carolina started the second half on a 9-0 run, making Lisa Bluder call a timeout to get her team in order. Turnovers and rushed shots allowed Iowa to get back into the game. Each time Iowa put together a run, Tessa Johnson or MiLaysia Fulwiley would hit a deadly dagger to extend the Gamecocks' lead.

Heading into the fourth, Dawn Staley wanted her team to make the right reads and to continue to put pressure on Clark. SC went up 14 but mid-way in the quarter, Clark hit back-to-back threes to cut SC's lead to eight. With under three minutes left in regulation, the game intensified. South Carolina went on a 12-5 run to end Iowa's journey to the tournament. 87-75

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