LSU defeats Iowa to capture the NCAA women's basketball title for the first time.

LSU defeats Iowa to capture the NCAA women’s basketball title for the first time.

In Dallas, Texas, the LSU Tigers beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 102-85 to claim the programme’s first NCAA women’s basketball national title. In the first half, LSU made a scorching 58% of its field goals, including 75% from three-point range.

LSU led by 17 points at the break thanks to the Tigers’ 59 first-half points, which broke the previous mark for the most points tallied in a half in a women’s title game. Jasmine Carson, who came off the bench for LSU and scored 21 points in the first half, including a flawless five of five three-pointers, was the catalyst for the Tigers’ onslaught. Carson led the Tigers in scoring with a total of 22 points.

Carson described the game as “surreal” following it. Every athlete wants to play on a platform this size and have a memorable game, so for that fantasy to come true, she said, “it meant a lot.” A new mark for the most points tallied by a squad in a women’s title tournament was also established by LSU with 102. Caitlin Clark, a standout for Iowa, established a new mark for the most points scored in a women’s competition with 191, leading all scorers with 30 points in the contest. The prior women’s mark of 177 points was broken by the 2023 national player of the year while Sheryl Swoopes was playing for Texas Tech in 1993. 

Swoopes, who participated in five games as opposed to Clark’s six, established the mark. In just her second season as the Tigers’ head coach, Hall of Fame teacher Kim Mulkey broke down in tears as she won LSU’s first women’s basketball title. Mulkey said, after winning her fourth NCAA women’s basketball national title after winning three while playing for Baylor, “Coaches coach a lifetime and this is the fourth time I’ve been blessed.”

“Neither the men’s nor the women’s basketball teams at LSU have ever competed for a title, so I believe the emotions in my eyes are ones of pleasure. I’m overjoyed for everybody who is back in Louisiana. The Tigers won the championship for the first time since 1997, becoming just the third No. 3 ranked squad to do so. LSU’s win was witnessed by 19,482 spectators; according to the NCAA, a record number of spectators—more than 350,000—watched the women’s March Madness.

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