Caitlin Clark reacts to win over South Carolina, calls national semifinal 'tremendous game for women's basketball'
Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes are still dancing, dialing up the monumental upset of South Carolina in Friday’s Final Four matchup.
Heading into the Final Four, that national semifinal showdown was billed as one of the most anticipated matchups in the history of women’s college basketball. The game delivered another historic outing from Clark as the game went back and forth to the finish line as Iowa won, 77-73.
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After the game, Clark addressed the matchup and the potential impact on women’s basketball. There’s no denying the game was an all-time showdown and was a near-perfect spotlight on the sport.
“I thought it was a tremendous game for women’s basketball. The crowd was incredible. Shoutout to all the Hawks fans that have traveled down to Dallas,” said Clark. “They were so amazing and so loud and so fun. I don’t think we’d be at this point in the season if it wasn’t for them. I truly mean that. I know so many tuned in.
“I think just tonight showed how fun women’s basketball is. Two really great teams that went at it. I’m sure so many people wish this was a series of seven games. That would be really, really fun.
“I think, if we continued the series, it might go one way or the other every single time. But obviously, we’d get outrebounded by quite a bit, but we didn’t hang our heads. That’s all you could do. We gave up some O boards. We fouled when we didn’t need to. We just came together and said next-play mentality, and that’s all you can do really.”
Clark went on to address Iowa’s underdog status for the showdown vs. the Gamecocks. At the end of the day, she says the Hawkeyes simply believed and stuck together, and now they’ll get a shot at a national title.
“I think I’m just really, really thankful to be in this position more than anything. Like Coach Bluder said, probably everybody in America picked South Carolina, deservedly so,” Clark explained. “They’ve been ranked No. 1 all year. They’ve won 42 straight basketball games. Why wouldn’t you pick them?
“But at the same time, the people in our locker room believed in us. That’s all you need is a belief in one another, a confidence in one another. We just do it for the person to our left and our right.
“We might not be — we’re clearly not as tall as them. We’re clearly not as athletic as them. But I think we’re a very, very skilled basketball team that loves one another, and that’s going to get you really, really far.”
Now, Iowa will take that belief into a national final matchup against LSU.