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1 Apr 2023


It was going to take a special team with a special player to beat undefeated South Carolina in the women’s NCAA Tournament. 

It was also going to require a player with major confidence in order to end the Gamecocks' perfect season. 

Caitlin Clark, #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, dribbles against Raven Johnson, #25 of the South Carolina Gamecocks, during the third quarter of the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinal game at American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. 

Caitlin Clark, #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, dribbles against Raven Johnson, #25 of the South Carolina Gamecocks, during the third quarter of the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinal game at American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.  (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Enter Caitlin Clark. 

WWE LEGEND JOHN CENA APPROVES OF IOWA’S CAITLIN CLARK ‘YOU CAN’T SEE ME’ TAUNT IN HISTORIC WIN OVER LOUISVILLE

The Iowa junior put on a show Friday night in Dallas, Texas, scoring 41 points in a 77-73 win to send the Hawkeyes to the program's first national championship game. 

Clark carried the Hawkeyes with flair, at one point leaving South Carolina guard Raven Johnson wide open above the three-point line, waving her off and daring her to shoot.

Clark and the Hawkeyes snapped South Carolina’s 42-game winning streak and the Gamecocks’ dream of repeating as national champions. 

"We had nothing to lose. I have all the confidence in the world in this group, and they believe right back in me, and that’s all you need," Clark said. "All we do is believe in one another, and we love each other to death, and that’s what a true team is. If you want an example of a team, that’s what this is."

Clark – the women’s college basketball player of the year – became the first women’s player to score 40-plus points in back-to-back NCAA Tournament games

Caitlin Clark, #22, reacts after their win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four at American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. 

Caitlin Clark, #22, reacts after their win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four at American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.  (Ben Solomon/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

"I love me some Caitlin Clark," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "We’ve been talking about being mission-focused a lot this year, and we had a game plan and these guys executed so well. That is South Carolina we just beat, folks. Amazing."

The Hawkeyes will face LSU in the national championship game on Sunday, as coach Kim Mulkey has her Tigers one game away from a championship in just her second season in Baton Rouge. 

Caitlin Clark, #22, of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates after the Hawkeyes beat the South Carolina Gamecocks 77-73 during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinal game at American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. 

Caitlin Clark, #22, of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates after the Hawkeyes beat the South Carolina Gamecocks 77-73 during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinal game at American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.  (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

"Tonight showed how fun women’s basketball is," Clark said. "I’m sure some people wished this was a series of seven games."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.