LSU’s women’s basketball team has clinched their first NCAA championship victory by defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 102-85 in Dallas, Texas. The Tigers had a remarkable first half, shooting 58% from the field, including 75% from beyond the arc.
Jasmine Carson, who came off the bench, made a significant impact, scoring 21 points in the opening half, including five perfect three-pointers. She finished with 22 points, leading the Tigers to a historic victory. The first-half performance set a new record for most points scored in half in a women’s championship game. Carson described the game as “surreal” after the win.
“Every player dreams of being on a big stage like this and having the game of your life, and for it to come to fruition – it meant a lot,” she said.
LSU made history by setting a new record for most points scored by a team in a women’s championship game, beating Iowa 102-85.
Iowa’s Caitlin Clark also set a new record for the most points scored in a women’s tournament with 191, breaking the previous record set in 1993 by Sheryl Swoopes. However, LSU’s victory was an emotional moment for Hall of Fame coach Kim Mulkey, who won her fourth NCAA women’s basketball national championship, and the Tigers’ first ever.
The game was attended by 19,482 fans, and the tournament had a record attendance of over 350,000 people. The victory marked the third time a No. 3 seeded team has won the championship and the first since 1997.