Dallas, TX—The LSU Tigers had been chasing a national championship in women’s college basketball for years, but it had always seemed just out of reach. They had come close before, reaching the Final Four three times, but each time they fell just short of the ultimate prize.
But this year was different. This year, they had a team that was firing on all cylinders, a team that was hungry and focused and determined to bring a title back to Baton Rouge.
The Tigers’ journey to the championship game was a tough one. They had to fight their way through a stacked field that included perennial powers like UConn and Stanford, as well as up-and-coming teams like South Carolina and Arizona.
But each time, they rose to the challenge, playing with a tenacity and a grit that had become their trademark. And when they finally reached the title game, they were ready to put on a show.
From the opening tip, it was clear that LSU was the better team. Jasmine Carson came out on fire, hitting shot after shot and pouring in 21 points in the first half alone. Alexis Morris was equally impressive, dishing out assist after assist and knocking down key shots when her team needed her the most.
The Tigers’ defense was suffocating, forcing Iowa into turnovers and bad shots and kept Caitlin Clark, the Hawkeyes’ star player, in check for much of the game.
But even when Clark started to heat up in the second half, the Tigers never wavered. They continued to attack, pushing the ball up the court and scoring in transition, and they never let up until the final buzzer sounded.
When it was all over, the Tigers had scored a whopping 102 points, setting a new record for most points in a women’s championship game. They had dominated from start to finish, and they had done it with style, flair, and a joy that was infectious.
For LSU, it was a moment of pure joy and exultation, a moment that they had been dreaming of for a very long time. And for head coach Kim Mulkey, it was a moment of vindication, a moment that proved that all the hard work, sacrifice, and dedication had paid huge dividends.
“I’m just — I’m super happy for the program first, but this is bigger than me. I mean, I had so many goals coming into LSU, but I didn’t think I was going to win a National Championship within my first year at LSU.
“I’m just happy for this team. Coach Mulkey, I appreciate you. I can’t thank you enough for this opportunity to play under you and get better. I’m just happy right now.” MOP Angel Reese said.