LSU (Louisiana State University) defeated Iowa 102-85 this past Sunday, April 2nd, to claim the NCAA women’s basketball national title for the first time. The Tigers (LSU) and Hawkeyes (Iowa) set a record for the most total points in a championship game. LSU continued to break the record for the most points scored by a team in a game! LSU set a new record for the most points scored in a single half of a women’s championship game with 59 points in the first half, giving them a 17-point advantage at the intermission.
Jasmine Carson laid the groundwork for LSU’s first-half dominance. After coming off the bench, Carson exploded for a massive 21 points for her squad, making a perfect 5 of 5 three-pointers in the process. It seemed strange. Caitlin Clark of Iowa led all scorers in the championship game with 30 points. Caitlin went on to break the previous record for the most points scored in a women’s basketball tournament with 191 points, averaging 32.2 points per game. Later, Caitlin won the award for national player of the year.
Coach Kim Mulkey of LSU was overcome with emotion after leading her team to its first women’s basketball title. Mulkey was happy to have made history and won such a prestigious award, despite the fact that it was her fourth championship. The last game was seen by more than 19,000 fans in Dallas, Texas. More than 350,000 individuals watched the Women’s March Madness, according to statistics. It ended up setting a new record for the competition.