21-Year-Old Caitlin Clark Leads Iowa Hawkeyes to Final Four
Caitlin Clark put on a record-breaking performance in the Iowa Hawkeyes’ Elite Eight matchup against the Louisville Cardinals, delivering 41 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. With this impressive triple-double, Clark became the first player in NCAA Tournament history, regardless of gender, to record a 40-point triple-double.
The junior also made history by becoming the first player in Division I women’s basketball to record over 900 points and 300 assists in the same season. Clark’s stunning performance helped her team secure a place in the Final Four, marking just the second appearance in the program’s history.
The game was a tight affair in the first half, with both teams going into the break with Iowa leading 48-43. However, Clark and her teammates stepped up their game in the third quarter, outscoring Louisville 30-16, thanks to a three-point barrage from Clark, Gabbie Marshall, and Kate Martin.
Clark’s dominance in the game was evident right from the start, scoring or assisting on every basket in the Hawkeyes’ 25-point first quarter. The guard’s incredible form throughout March has been a driving force behind Iowa’s success in the tournament.
After the game, Clark expressed her joy at reaching the Final Four, stating, “I dreamed of this moment as a little girl, to take a team to the Final Four and be in these moments and have confetti fall down on me.” Clark’s determination to lead her team to the Final Four paid off, and she now has her sights set on the championship.
Despite the loss, Hailey Van Lith impressed for Louisville, putting up 27 points in the defeat. Iowa’s next opponent in the Final Four will be the winner of the game between No. 1 South Carolina and No. 2 Maryland on March 31 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
Clark’s historic performance has put her on the radar of basketball fans worldwide, and she will undoubtedly be a player to watch as the tournament moves into its final stages.