Caitlin Clark and Iowa roar into Elite Eight and marquee rematch with LSU

Caitlin Clark and Iowa roar into Elite Eight and marquee rematch with LSU

Let the hype start!

Caitlin Clark had 29 factors and 15 assists to steer top-seeded Iowa to an 89-68 win over fifth-seeded Colorado within the ladies’s NCAA match on Saturday, organising a rematch of final yr’s nationwide title recreation in opposition to LSU.

“I feel we’re excited. Anytime you’ve got an opportunity to go up in opposition to any individual you misplaced to, it brings just a little extra vitality,” Clark mentioned. “I feel general it’s simply going to be a very nice recreation for ladies’s basketball. They’re actually strong one by means of 5. We all know we’re going to need to rebound the basketball.”

The Tigers, who beat the Hawkeyes within the championship recreation a yr in the past, topped UCLA in Saturday’s earlier semi-final within the Albany 2 Area. The groups will play Monday night time.

“I feel everybody’s fairly excited for it,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder mentioned. “These are two actually good basketball groups. Unlucky they’re assembly this early. Everybody that’s left now could be actually good. LSU is actually that. It’s going to be extremely emotional and extremely aggressive.”

Clark obtained the Hawkeyes (32-4) going early, driving to the basket for simple layups or throwing incredible passes. About the one factor lacking from Clark’s day was one in every of her signature midcourt emblem photographs. She took a pair, however missed.

The NCAA’s all-time Division I scoring chief has dazzled off the courtroom as properly. She’s a transcendent participant who has introduced document scores and attendance to the game. The sold-out crowd was stuffed with ladies and boys carrying No. 22 Iowa shirts who cheered at each play their favourite participant made. Clark spent a couple of minutes after the buzzer signing autographs earlier than she went again to the locker room.

Clark threaded the needle with a gorgeous bounce cross to Hannah Stuelke for a layup earlier than the tip of the primary quarter that gave the Hawkeyes a 22-14 lead. Clark had six factors, six assists and three rebounds within the opening 10 minutes.

She completed the primary half with 15 factors and eight assists because the Hawkeyes have been up 48-35 on the break.

Iowa scored the primary six factors of the third quarter and Colorado (24-10) couldn’t get inside single digits the remainder of the best way.

“We had the punch to start the third quarter,” Bluder mentioned. “Set the tone early in each the halves which was actually vital.”

The Buffaloes made their first back-to-back journeys to the Candy 16 because the 2002-03. In addition they have been knocked out final yr by Iowa, falling 87-77 in the identical spherical.

Aaronette Vonleh scored 13 factors and Frida Formann had 12 for the Buffs.

“It’s powerful. By no means need to exit like that,” Colorado’s Jaylyn Sherrod mentioned. “Some issues we are able to all look again at and say we may have executed higher. Happy with this staff.”

Clark obtained her teammates concerned. Sydney Affolter scored 15 factors, making all six of her photographs. Kate Martin and Gabbie Marshall every added 14, combining to hit six three-pointers.

Clark moved to sixth all-time in faculty basketball scoring with 3,859 factors. She handed Miriam Walker-Samuels and Deb Remmerde, each of whom performed within the NAIA. Walker-Samuels had 3,855 factors and Remmerde was one behind her. Clark might be hard-pressed to get into the highest 5 as Grace Beyer is subsequent at 3,961 factors.

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