First, a legitimate apology for not having a gamethread for last night’s stunning Women’s NCAA Tournament Final Four, as Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes came out with a brilliant gameplan to slow the South Carolina Gamecocks, packing the lane with a triangle-and-2-looking defense and literally waving away a few of the Gamecocks’ players if they had the ball on the perimeter:
SOUTH CAROLINA: we haven’t lost a basketball game in over a year— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) April 1, 2023
CAITLIN CLARK: pic.twitter.com/G2tENF3St2
Clark dropped 41 points, and cue the laughable Iowa football stats:
Caitlin Clark has scored more points in postseason play (235) than Iowa Football scored all season (230).— Mallory Hartley (@malloryhartley) April 1, 2023
That is insane.
Don’t let your laughter at Brian Ferentz, though, distract you from what a stellar season and career Clark is having.
Caitlin Clark's new season totals:— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) April 1, 2023
1,025 points (Big Ten record, 5th in NCAA history)
319 assists (Big Ten record, T-9th in NCAA history and would climb to 4th with 4 more)
132 3-pointers (Big Ten record, most ever by power-conference player)
From getting shouted out by virtually every star in professional men’s and women’s basketball to rewriting the record book in real time against a team that had won 42 straight games, Clark and the Hawkeyes have something magical going. They’ll test that tomorrow against the LSU Tigers in the national championship game, and we’ll have a thread for you here.
Kind of...: Jokes and typical OTEing are appropriate 95% of the time.
On some occasions, though, it’s healthy and right to appreciate greatness. This is certainly one of those times.
And I don’t just mean Clark. You’ll be hearing about her for years to come. Iowa had an NPOY 4 years ago... and got run out of the gym in the Elite 8. This is a great team, with an all-time great player leading the charge.
I hope they kick the shit out of LSU.