Caitlin Clark, Iowa vs LSU March Madness matchup draws record ratings


Monday’s Iowa-LSU Elite Eight matchup was the most-watched girls’s school basketball sport on report.

The sport had 12.3 million viewers, surpassing the 9.9 million from last year’s championship game that includes the identical two groups.

It additionally was ESPN’s most considered school sport ever, males’s or girls’s.


Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes shoots the ball over Angel Reese #10 of the LSU Tigers through the first half within the Elite 8 spherical of the NCAA Ladies’s Basketball Event at MVP Area on April 01, 2024 in Albany, New York.  (Sarah Stier/Getty Photos)

That quantity beats all however one of many males’s March Insanity match, all however one NBA Finals sport, and all World Collection video games. Viewership peaked at 16 million.

Monday’s rematch was a thriller from begin to end, which was anticipated with the 2 powerhouses. However many tuned in for the storylines.

LSU’s Angel Reese famously taunted Caitlin Clark of Iowa within the last minutes of final yr’s championship sport with the “You Cannot See Me” celebration and pointed to her ring finger, signifying she was about to win a championship ring.

Reese acquired criticism, which Clark, boisterous herself, stated she did not deserve “in any respect.” However the drama was there, and a report variety of folks tuned in.

Angel Reese taunts Caitlin Clark

FILE – LSU’s Angel Reese reacts in entrance of Iowa’s Caitlin Clark through the second half of the NCAA Ladies’s Remaining 4 championship basketball sport April 2, 2023, in Dallas. (AP Picture/Tony Gutierrez, File)


With the sport tied at 45 on the half, Iowa went on an 8-0 run to begin the third quarter as LSU struggled to knock down pictures. By the tip of it, Clark had drained 4 of her 9 threes within the quarter, and Iowa owned an 11-point lead, 69-58, coming into the fourth. The Tigers shot 5 of 26 within the third quarter as a crew, and the Hawkeyes by no means appeared again regardless of LSU’s valiant efforts for a comeback.

Clark completed with 41 factors, good for her fifth 40-point sport of the season. Her 9 threes additionally tied a season-high she had racked up twice earlier than within the yr.

Clark was 13-for-29 from the sphere. LSU guard Hailey Van Lith had some severe contests on these pictures, particularly the deep three-pointers Clark is thought to dazzle with, however all she may do was shrug when she watched them go in, which after all turned an web meme.

However Clark wasn’t simply launching pictures on this sport. She obtained teammates concerned with 12 assists on her solution to breaking the NCAA Tournament profession report, which was at 137. 

Reese obtained off to a highly regarded begin for LSU, going 6-for-8 from the sphere, however she ended up hurting her ankle on a block try that noticed her hopping over to the bench within the second quarter. After finally coming again within the sport, Reese went ice chilly as Iowa despatched a number of defenders her manner. She went 1-for-13 from the sphere to complete 7-for-21 with 17 factors together with a game-high 20 rebounds.

Flau’Jae Johnson led LSU with 23 factors.

Caitlin Clark after win

Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes and her teammates have a good time after beating the LSU Tigers 94-87 within the Elite 8 spherical of the NCAA Ladies’s Basketball Event at MVP Area on April 01, 2024 in Albany, New York. (Sarah Stier/Getty Photos)


Iowa will face No. 3 UConn within the Remaining 4. UConn is contemporary off Paige Bueckers’ 28 factors, 10 rebounds and 6 assists towards USC’s freshman phenom JuJu Watkins.

Fox Information’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

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