LSU women's basketball blasts Iowa to win National Championship
LSU women’s basketball won the National Championship on Sunday afternoon in Dallas, beating Iowa 102-85.
The Tigers set a record with 59 first-half points and ultimately cruised to a win over Caitlin Clark and Iowa. The Hawkeyes were able to get as close as 7 points in the second half, but LSU’s offense was simply too much for Iowa to handle. LSU’s 102 points are a record for any team in the women’s NCAA Tournament National Championship Game.
LSU shot 54.3% from the field and 64.7% from 3-point range in the win. This victory, which comes in Kim Mulkey’s 2nd year as head coach, gives LSU its 1st National Championship in program history.
The Tigers held Clark to 30 points on 22 shots. Clark was efficient, but foul trouble — including a pair of offensive fouls — prevented her from having an out-sized impact on the game.
For LSU, Angel Reese was dominant on the boards. She had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Six of those boards came on the offensive glass.
LSU’s first-half offensive explosion was led by Jasmine Carson, who went 5-for-5 from 3-point range before the break. She finished with a game-high 21 points off the bench.
LSU went 34-2 this season. This is the 4th National Championship of Mulkey’s career, with the previous 3 coming during her time as Baylor’s head coach.