South Carolina ends perfect season with NCAA title

 Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes works to shoot around Sania Feagin #20 and Raven Johnson #25 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2024 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament National Championship at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

What happened

The University of South Carolina women's basketball team finished their perfect season with a come-from-behind victory over superstar Caitlin Clark's Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday to win this year's NCAA championship, 87-75.

Who said what

South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley said after the Gamecocks' victory that her team had "etched their names in the history books." Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder celebrated her team's two-year streak of second-place finishes as an "amazing feat." For Clark, Sunday's game was the capstone to a "special year."

The commentary

Fueled in part by Clark's superstardom, women's basketball is arguably a "hotter cultural event right now than the men's game," Slate said. "She has changed both her game and how women's sports overall are viewed," USA Today said.

What next?

Clark is off to New York City where she is widely expected to be next week's #1 WNBA draft pick.