Caitlin Clark leads Iowa past defending champion LSU to advance to Final Four

Iowa advanced to the Final Four on Monday, extending all-star shooter Caitlin Clark's collegiate basketball career and eliminating LSU's title dreams.  

The Hawkeyes advanced to Cleveland after defeating the Tigers 94-87 in Albany.

Clark and LSU's Angel Reese will play earlier in the tournament than last year, when they played for the national championship.

Since LSU won that one, Clark had wanted the title in her record-breaking final year. She intends to enter the WNBA draft.

Iowa took an early lead in the Elite Eight game at MVP Arena, but Reese and LSU pushed ahead in the second quarter. Ankle ailment forced Reese to leave in the second quarter. Despite hobbling, Reese returned to the game with over 6 minutes left.

The first half finished 45-45 after LSU led for most of the second quarter. Clark scored and assisted twice to give the Hawkeyes the lead, but Flau'jae Johnson sprinted up the other end and knotted the game by spinning away from her defender and hooking in.

Clark and Reese led their teams in the first half with 19 and 13 points, respectively. The half ended with eight rebounds for Reese and one for Clark, who had five assists to his three.

To start the third quarter, Clark hit a deep three-pointer to give Iowa the lead. Reese wore new shoes in the third quarter, possibly to relieve ankle soreness.

Clark scored four three-pointers in the third quarter to give Iowa a 69-58 lead. LSU struggled to stop him.

Another three-pointer opened the fourth quarter, but LSU freshman Mikaylah Williams narrowed the deficit.

Due to a charge, Reese fouled out with 1:45 left. Hawkeyes beat Tigers by 7 points without their talisman. After making nine of 20 three-pointers, Clark scored 41 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds.

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