"Best college player of all time" - Fans crown Caitlin Clark after she leads Iowa to national championship game against undefeated South Carolina
Caitlin Clark led the Iowa Hawkeyes to a stunning 77-73 win over the undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks in the NCAA Women's Final Four on Friday. Clark finished with 41 points, six rebounds and eight assists to lead Iowa to their first championship game.
The Hawkeyes built an early lead in the first quarter before the Gamecocks came back in the second. It was a back-and-forth battle in the second half, but Clark was clearly unstoppable. She has now scored 40 or more points in back-to-back games.
Iowa is now one win away from their first NCAA championship. They have all the momentum heading into the title game on Sunday against LSU. Not only did they end South Carolina's 42-game winning streak, they also dethroned the reigning champions.
Caitlin Clark shot just 5-for-17 from beyond the arc but went 15-for-31 from the field. She was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line and was simply too good for South Carolina.
Clark might have struggled from the three but had her way in the paint. She also made the right passes to her teammates early in the game. South Carolina coach Dawn Staley had nothing but praise for Clark in her postgame interview.
"She was on point," Staley said. "I mean, she was everything that we saw on film. She was everything, like assists, points, turnovers, all of them. She ran the gamut of who she is as a player, and she threaded the needle."
Fans on social media went wild for the Associated Press Women's College Basketball Player of the Year and Naismith Trophy's Player of the Year. Many on Twitter were in awe of Clark's amazing game, while others called her the best player they have ever seen. One said:
"Best college player all time"
Here are some of the best comments and reactions on Twitter:
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Caitlin Clark had another historic night
Caitlin Clark had another historic night in Iowa's huge win over South Carolina on Friday night. She became the first player in NCAA women's tournament history to score 40 or more points in back-to-back games. She had 41 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
Clark also made history in her previous game in the win against Louisville last Sunday in the Elite Eight. She became the first player in NCAA women's tournament history to have a 40-point triple-double. She had 41 points, ten rebounds and 12 assists in the 97-83 win.
It has been an amazing run for Clark and Iowa. They're now just one win away from winning the school's first national women's basketball championship. They face a tough LSU team under coach Kim Mulkey on Sunday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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Juan Paolo David