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Gamecocks take down Caitlin Clark, Iowa; complete undefeated season

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Gamecocks take down Caitlin Clark, Iowa; complete undefeated season

South Carolina is back on top of the women’s college basketball world. The Gamecocks completed an undefeated season on Sunday afternoon with an 87-75 win over Iowa in the national championship game. With their third title in school history, the Gamecocks became the first team to have complete a perfect season since UConn in 2016.

Early on it was all Hawkeyes, as they raced out to a 7-0 start and controlled the entire first quarter thanks to a historic effort by Caitlin Clark. She set a women’s championship game record for scoring in a quarter with 18 points, and in the process surpassed Chamique Holdsclaw to become the all-time leading scorer in NCAA Tournament history.

It didn’t take long for the Gamecocks to get back in the game, however, and they managed to take back the lead by halftime. An immediate 6-0 run out of the break set the tone for how the rest of the afternoon would go. Their size and athleticism was simply too much for the Hawkeyes, but so too was their shooting, which was the big difference from last year’s matchup.

Kamilla Cardoso dominated inside with 15 points and 17 rebounds en route to winning Final Four Most Outstanding Player, while freshman Tessa Johnson stepped up in a major way with 19 points off the bench. As a team, South Carolina outrebounded Iowa 51-29 and outscored them 48-32 in the paint.�

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