South Carolina Wins Historic Women’s Basketball Championship

April 7, 2024

They made history. They etched their names in the history books. When [God] closes a door, he opens up a door that’s giving you unimaginable success.

University of South Carolina coach Dawn Staley after leading her undefeated team to their third NCAA championship in eight years, defeating Iowa.

Why It Matters: The women’s collegiate championship basketball tournament received increased attention this year. The broadcast viewership of one of the final four games became “ESPN’s most-viewed basketball broadcast ever.” One of the main driver’s behind this attention: Iowa’s Caitlin Clark who became the highest scorer in NCAA Division 1 history (for women and men) and is widely viewed as one of the greatest women’s basketball players of all time. In her victory address, Staley thanked Clark for the attention she has brought the game.

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South Carolina finishes perfect season with NCAA championship, beating Clark and Iowa 87-75

Clark departs as the all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I history, men or women, with 3,951 points. She also boasts the women’s single-season scoring record (1,234 points), and has more career points in the NCAA Tournament (392) than any other woman. (CBS Sports)

by Jenna Lee,