Iowa Star Caitlin Clark scored 41 points in her team's national semifinal win over top-ranked South Carolina on Friday.

Entering Friday’s national semifinal against South Carolina, Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes knew some things.

They knew that the Gamecocks were the defending champions, the No. 1 team in the country and hadn’t lost a game since the SEC Tournament in 2022. They knew that South Carolina was the bigger, more physical team and would likely dominate the offensive glass — which is exactly what happened.

In the end, though, Clark was just too much for even the best team to overcome. She finished the game with 41 points and led Iowa to a 77-73 upset victory.

South Carolina didn’t make life easy for Clark. She finished the game 15-for-31 from the field, 5-for-17 on threes and 6-for-6 on free throws.

But she was incredibly clutch. Clark scored 16 points in the fourth quarter. Her team only scored 18 and Clark assisted on the one Iowa basket she didn’t make.

And despite South Carolina’s tough defense, Clark’s 41 points are a record for a national semifinal, men’s or women’s.

Clark’s remarkable performance earned her a lot of praise.

Clark and the rest of the Hawkeyes have one more game left. On Sunday, Iowa will take on another SEC team, LSU, in the National Championship Game. The Tigers earned their spot in the game with a 79-72 win over Virginia Tech earlier on Friday.

[CBS Sports]

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