Women’s National Title Game Draws Biggest Basketball Audience in Over Two Years

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    South Carolina’s Victory Over Iowa Draws Massive Viewership: A Historic Win in Women’s NCAA Championship

    The South Carolina Gamecocks’ victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the women’s NCAA championship game has captured the attention of millions of viewers across the nation. With a preliminary audience average of 18.7 million on ABC and ESPN, the game has become the most-watched basketball event since 2019, surpassing even the men’s NCAA title game.

    The thrilling showdown between the two powerhouse teams saw the Gamecocks emerge victorious with a score of 87-75, securing their third national championship under the leadership of coach Dawn Staley. This win not only avenged their only loss from the previous season but also marked the end of an illustrious college career for Iowa’s star player, Caitlin Clark.

    Freshman guard Tessa Johnson shone brightly for the Gamecocks, delivering a stellar performance throughout the tournament. Despite Clark’s impressive 30-point display for Iowa, South Carolina’s relentless defensive effort proved to be the deciding factor in the game.

    Coach Staley, who has now made history as the first African American college basketball coach to win three national championships, praised Clark for her contributions to the sport and expressed her gratitude for lifting up women’s basketball. The victory not only secured Staley a significant bonus but also highlighted the Gamecocks’ dominance on the court.

    As celebrations ensued and the team basked in the glory of their triumph, South Carolina solidified its status as a powerhouse in college basketball. The Gamecocks’ unbeaten season and national championship win have cemented their place in history, showcasing their resilience and determination to achieve greatness.