One recreation down, one recreation to go within the NCAA Ladies’s Closing 4.
LSU would play for its first nationwide championship after a 79–72 victory over No. 1 seed Virginia Tech after an enormous rally within the remaining quarter.
No. 3 seed LSU overcame a 9-point deficit after three quarters and outscored Virginia Tech 28-13 within the remaining interval to succeed in Sunday’s nationwide championship recreation. The Tigers will play the winner of the opposite Closing 4 recreation on Friday between No. 1 seed South Carolina and No. 2 seed Iowa.
The defending champion Gamecocks wish to stay undefeated of their third-straight journey to the Closing 4. South Carolina’s protection, led by Aliyah Boston, has been robust, however it will likely be examined by Iowa’s Kaitlin Clark, who recorded the primary 40-point triple-double in NCAA Match historical past in the course of the Hawkeyes’ Elite Eight win over Louisville.
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LSU advances to first championship recreation with win over Virgin Tech
DALLAS — A livid fourth-quarter comeback from LSU erased a 12-point Virginia Tech lead, Leading the Tigers to a 79-72 win in the first national semifinal in the Women’s Final Four and advancing to Sunday’s title game over LSU.
The Tigers will play the winner of South Carolina-Iowa.
Trailing 59–50 entering the fourth, LSU scored 15 unanswered points to take a 72–62 lead with 3:04 remaining. Virginia Tech, with its small bench, could not recover.
Alexis Morris led LSU with 27 points, while Angel Reese added 24 points and 12 rebounds for her 33rd double-double of the season, setting a new women’s basketball single-season record.
Virgin Tech was led by Kayanna Taylor’s 17 points and nine rebounds. Elizabeth Kitley also turned in a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. But it wasn’t enough for the Hokies, who were playing in their first Final Four of the season.
3Q: No. 1 Virginia Tech 59, No. 3 LSU 50
Virginia Tech picked up where they left off in the second quarter, outscoring LSU 25–18 to lead by nine. The Hokies surprisingly controlled the glass with 33 rebounds, including 10 offensive rebounds.
Kayna Trailer (17 points, nine rebounds, two steals) and Elizabeth Kitley (16 points, nine rebounds, three blocks) are both on double-double watches.
Alexis Morris led the Tigers with 17 points. Angel Reese and LaDazia Williams both added 14 points.
Georgia Amur of the Hokies sets NCAA single-tournament record
Despite going 0–5 to start the game, Amur rebounded to knock down a trio of threes to set a new NCAA tournament record. He hit 23 three-pointers throughout March Madness, the most threes made in a single tournament. Amoore surpassed UConn’s Kia Nurse, who hit 22 threes in 2017, and Arizona’s Ari McDonald, who hit the same number in 2021.
Half: No. 1 Virginia Tech 34, No. 3 LSU 32
Virginia Tech closed out the first half on an 11–0 run to take a two-point lead, their first of the game. Hokies center Elizabeth Kitley stepped up on both ends of the floor after a poor performance by Taylor Soule. Kitley is two rebounds away from a double-double (12 points, eight rebounds). Georgia Amur has six points with two made threes, which ties the NCAA record for three-pointers made in a single tournament.
The Tigers were held scoreless in the last 4:48 of the half. Alexis Morris led the Tigers with 12 points, and Angel Reese added 10 points, but LSU was outscored 25–14 by the Hokies.
1Q: No. 3 LSU 16, No. 1 Virginia Tech 13
Virginia Tech got off to a slow start, shooting 25% from the field and 1-for-9 from three. Georgia Amur missed its first five shot attempts before knocking down the Hokies’ only three pointer of the quarter. Despite missing shots and seven turnovers, Virginia Tech was able to hold LSU close to nine offensive rebounds in the quarter. Taylor Soule headed to the bench with two first-quarter fouls.
Alexis Morris led the Tigers with eight points. LSU shot 43.8% from the field and did not attempt any three points.
LSU Cheerleaders rescue ball stuck behind backboard
Cheerleaders to the rescue!
The game ball got stuck behind the backboard in the opening seconds of the Final Four matchup between No. 1 seed Virginia Tech and No. 3 seed LSU following a turnover by the Hokies’ Kayla King. Two LSU cheerleaders performed a stunt to free the ball to resume play at the American Airlines Center.
ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo said on the broadcast, “What was happening in the first 33 seconds of the national semifinals.”
Virginia Tech and LSU face off in first national semifinal
The No. 1 seeded Virginia Tech Hokies square off against the No. 3 seeded LSU Tigers as each seek their first national championship.
Both teams have a potent guard-post combo. LSU sophomore forward Angel Reese (23.2 ppg, 15.7 rpg) has been a double-double machine, leading the nation with 32 this season, but Virginia Tech senior center Elizabeth Kitley is averaging 18.2 points per game and 10.7 rebounds. as well as averaging a double-double. ,
Outside the perimeter, Virginia Tech guard Georgia Amur has had a breakout season; The junior averaged 16.3 ppg, 5.0 apg and 3.0 rpg for the Hawkeyes. LSU has its own star guard in Alexis Morris. The senior averaged 14.9 ppg, 4.1 apg and 1.9 spg for the Tigers.
LSU Coach Kim Mulkey Goes ‘Pretty in Pink’ for the Final Four
DALLAS — Heading into the Final Four, you knew Kim Mulkey’s outfit was about to explode.
And it definitely pops.
For LSU women’s basketball’s Final Four showdown against Virginia Tech inside the American Airlines Center on Friday night (6 p.m., ESPN), Mulkey wore a vibrant, floral-embellished skirt of large, pink fabric that ran from the shoulders down to the wrists. Decided to go with the pink jacket. Weapon.
She is wearing a white blouse and pants under her jacket, as well as white heels. Mulkey reconciles with her granddaughter, who arrived on the field hand-in-hand with Mulkey wearing a white dress with pink fringed shoulders.
– Corey Diaz, Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Kenny Brooks, in his seventh year at Virginia Tech, is part of elite company. His The No. 1 seeded Hokies beat Ohio State 84-74 on Monday to clinch their ticket to the Final Four, a first for the Blacksburg, Virginia-based program. They first play third-seeded LSU in the national semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
The importance of the moment is not lost on Brooks, the only black male head coach in the Power Five. (When Houston moves to the Big 12 in July, Ronald Hughey will move to second.)
Brooks said, “Obviously it’s a subject I don’t shy away from.” “I know that when I was trying to make a name for myself, there weren’t many people doing it or advocating for people who looked like me.”
Did Clarke actually hit that shot, thread that pass or finish that layup in transition?
Yes, she did and she does – regularly. And it’s as awesome as you can imagine. Maybe even more.
Clarke has become one of the sport’s biggest stars and is a walking highlight reel because of her How-Did-She-See-That?! Near and unlimited shooting range. But for being as talented and awe-inspiring as Clark is, Iowa coach Lisa Bludger deserves some credit, too. Because she allows Clark to be who he is.
The national semifinal between Iowa and South Carolina is being billed as “Aliyah vs. Caitlin,” and with good reason. Aliyah Boston, the South Carolina forward, and Kaitlin Clark, the Iowa guard, have been the best players in college basketball over the past two seasons, creating excellence and earning national acclaim.
Seeing them play each other is on every fan’s wish list, making Friday night’s game arguably the most anticipated of the Final Four – men or women.
Women’s basketball fans have been clamoring for Aliyah Boston and Caitlin Clarke’s performances for the past two years, and those who simply watched during March Madness have now joined the chorus. Well, the public is finally getting what they want.
“Everyone’s been talking about this matchup for a long time. It’s exciting that it’s happening in the Final Four,” Boston said Thursday.
Iowa’s Kaitlin Clark wins Wade Trophy, AP Women’s Basketball POY Award
Iowa women’s basketball stars Thursday won the Wade Trophy, the highest honor in women’s college basketball, the same award Aliyah Boston won last season.
Clark is the first hockey player to win the award, which is presented by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Earlier in the day, she was tapped as The Associated Press Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. He received 20 of a possible 28 votes in the tally taken before the start of the NCAA tournament.
She is in the running for the awards. Clarke was named Naismith Player of the Year on Wednesday. Will there be a national championship next?
When does the Women’s NCAA Tournament Final Four begin?
The first of two Final Four games kicks off Friday at 7:00 PM ET No. 3 LSU takes on No. 1 Virginia Tech at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, which is also the site of the championship game.
Will be followed by the LSU-Virginia Tech game No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 2 Iowa ET at 9:00 p.m.
On which TV channel is the Women’s NCAA Tournament Final Four on?
Both games will be broadcast on ESPN, with Ryan Rucko (play-by-play), Rebecca Lobo (analyst), Holly Rowe (reporter) and Andrea Carter (reporter) on the call.
Both games can be live-streamed through the ESPN website and the ESPN app.
Who are the players to watch for each team?
– No. 3 LSU: F Angel Reese, Phase II (23.2 ppg, 15.7 rpg, 2.2 apg)
– No. 1 Virginia Tech: G Georgia Amur, Jr. (16.3 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.0 rpg).
– No. 2 Iowa: G Kaitlin Clark, Jr. (27.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 8.6 apg)
– No. 1 South Carolina: F Aliyah Boston, Sr. (13.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.9 apg)