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Iowa vs South Carolina LIVE NCAA Women’s Tournament Championship

Iowa vs South Carolina LIVE NCAA Women’s Tournament Championship

It’s Championship Sunday in Cleveland, and the NCAA Women’s Tournament is set for a thrilling conclusion. The top seeds, South Carolina and Iowa, are ready to clash inside the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, with the national title hanging in the balance.

These two teams have history. They met in last year’s Final Four, where the Hawkeyes upset the Gamecocks to reach the national title game. Now, they meet again, this time with the championship at stake.

How to Watch

  • Date: Sunday, April 7
  • Start time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio
  • TV: ABC
  • Live stream: Fubo (Try for free)
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The Teams

South Carolina, led by Dawn Staley, is on a mission to join an exclusive list of teams that have won the national title with a perfect record. So far, only nine teams have achieved this feat. Despite losing all five starters from last season, the Gamecocks boast a deeper roster and are stronger on both ends of the court. Kamilla Cardoso, the veteran leader, averages a team-high 14.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest. With seven Gamecocks averaging over eight points per game, South Carolina presents a formidable challenge for any defense.

On the other hand, Iowa has been in the spotlight this season, thanks to Caitlin Clark’s record-breaking performances. Clark, who leads her team and the nation with over 31.7 points per game and a total of 341 assists, has rewritten collegiate basketball scoring records. However, her ultimate goal remains to win a national championship before she leaves school to enter the WNBA Draft. Iowa’s strength lies not just in Clark’s prowess, but in its collective performance, as demonstrated by Hannah Stuelke’s team-high 23 points in the 71-69 win against UConn on Friday.

Key Storyline

The key question is whether Clark and the Iowa offense can break the stout South Carolina defense. Both teams rank among the top in the nation in scoring offense, with Iowa first at 91.4 points per game and South Carolina third at 85.4. However, the Gamecocks have been much tougher on the defensive end, allowing just 56.1 points per game. Clark carried her squad against South Carolina in last year’s Final Four with 41 points, but this is a whole different team. It might take one last Herculean effort from Clark on her way out to the WNBA to claim that elusive championship.

Prediction

UConn’s defense figured out how to disrupt Clark in the Final Four, but the Huskies’ thin roster made that difficult to sustain in the second half because of fatigue and foul trouble. South Carolina, with its considerable depth, will be able to stay fresh against an Iowa team that likes to play fast.

Staley’s teams are usually excellent defensively, but the offense has somewhat lagged behind. This season, South Carolina has been much more consistent offensively, registering a program-record six 100+ point games in the regular season. Scoring 100 points on Iowa would be a difficult task, but the Gamecocks will be a hard team for the Hawkeyes to guard as there isn’t one main player to focus on.

The Gamecocks have the size advantage and will probably dominate the paint, but they are also capable of shooting from distance if the Iowa defense forces them to, like they did in 2023.

Pick: South Carolina

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