- Iowa’s Kaitlin Clark performed unfastened defense towards South Carolina’s guard in the Last 4.
- LSU level guard Alexis Morris and different Tigers gamers referred to as the transfer “very disrespectful”.
- “I find it very disrespectful, personally, going into that game,” Morris mentioned.
Iowa celebrity Kaitlin Clark notably performed unfastened defense towards the then-undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks in the Last 4.
And gamers from the LSU Tigers — who face Clark and his Hawkeyes in Sunday’s nationwide championship game — discovered Clark’s antics “very disrespectful.”
“Me personally, I find it very disrespectful,” LSU guard Alexis Morris told ESPN on Saturday, “So I’m personally going to that game.”
“You’re going to protect us,” she mentioned. “It’s just the competitor in me, and the will to win.”
When assigned to defend freshman Gamecocks guard Raven Johnson, Clark guarded him from nice distance. At one level when Johnson had the ball outdoors the three-point line throughout Friday night time’s contest, the 6-foot Iowa level guard dismissed his hand and continued to double-double the large South Carolina group in the paint.
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“I watched the game, and I see them defending South Carolina,” Morris mentioned. “I don’t think they can protect us like this.”
“I don’t think you can just leave me open on the perimeter or leave us open on the perimeter,” he mentioned.
He is most likely proper. The Tigers’ backcourt has a considerably increased conversion price from past the arc than the Gamecocks’ guards.
Morris is taking pictures a median of 32.9% from vary this season. In the meantime, SEC Freshman of the 12 months FloJay Johnson makes 33.3% of his threes, whereas fellow beginning guard Katery Poole is taking pictures 43.3% from behind the road on the season.
“It was very humiliating, and [South Carolina] Didn’t take advantage of it,” LSU guard Katery Poole informed ESPN. “If they do it to us, we’re going to take advantage.”
In distinction, a lot of South Carolina’s guards shot lower than 30% from vary on the yr. Johnson, whom Clarke defended from afar in the course of the Hawkeyes’ Last 4 upset, averaged 24.1% from three this season.
“We will not defend LSU the same way we defended South Carolina,” Clark mentioned throughout his press convention on Saturday. “Obviously, with South Carolina, you have to pick your poison. If they were going to kill us, we’re going to let it happen from the 3-point line. You have to pick and choose your battles.”
“We had all the respect in the world for South Carolina, and especially their post play,” he mentioned.