The 42-game profitable streak of defending nationwide champion South Carolina got here crashing to an finish Friday night time in a NCAA Ultimate 4 semifinal loss to Iowa, 77-73.
The loss ended the Gamecocks’ season after that they had gained their last six video games final season and their first 36 this season.
Zia Cooke led the Gamecocks with 24 factors, however that they had no reply for Iowa star Caitlin Clark, who poured in a game-high 41 factors and in addition added eight rebounds and eight assists.
Iowa jumped out to a 22-13 lead after the primary quarter and led on the half, 38-37.
The second half was an incredible back-and-forth battle, however Clark frequently hit massive baskets to maintain the Hawkeyes properly inside attain every time South Carolina was capable of inch narrowly forward.
Kamilla Cardoso added 14 factors and 14 rebounds for the Gamecocks, and Raven Johnson added 13 factors.
However Iowa’s swarming protection double- and triple-teamed two-time SEC Participant of the Yr Aliyah Boston all night time. She was held to 2-of-9 capturing from the sector and scored simply eight factors. She additionally added 10 rebounds.
South Carolina, a 1-seed within the event and the nation’s No. 1-ranked staff getting into the night time, ends the season with a document of 36-1 after going an ideal 16-0 within the SEC common season after which including the SEC Match championship.
Iowa improves to 31-6.
Iowa strikes on to face one other SEC staff in LSU, which earned a spot in Sunday’s 3 p.m. nationwide championship sport by advantage of a 79-72 Ultimate 4 semifinal victory over Virginia Tech earlier Friday night time.
Examine again later for the complete recap.