Iowa beats LSU, UConn upends USC to advance to Final Four

Iowa guard Caitlin Clark reacts to the crowd before cutting a piece of the net after Iowa defeated LSU in the Elite Eight on Monday in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

The Women’s Final Four field is set.

Caitlin Clark’s sensational performance led Iowa past LSU in a thrilling Elite Eight matchup and UConn outlasted USC in the late game to secure the last spot in the Final Four field.

Iowa and UConn will now face off in the national semifinal on Friday, with South Carolina and NC State facing off in the other semifinal in Cleveland.

Elite Eight Monday results

No. 1 Iowa 94, No. 3 LSU 87

No. 3 UConn 80, No. 1 USC 73

Live68 updates

  • Women’s Final Four Field set

  • This is UConn’s 23rd Final Four appearance under Geno Auriemma. WOW

  • The loss ends one of USC’s best seasons in decades.

  • Final: UConn 80, USC 73

    No. 3 UConn outlasts No. 1 USC to advance to the Final Four, where it’ll face Iowa. Paige Bueckers once again led the way for the Huskies, posting 28 points and 10 rebounds.

  • UConn has taken complete control. Now up 76-67 with 55 seconds to play. Huskies went on an 11-0 run to regain the advantage.

  • Paige Bueckers is starting to take over in crunch time for UConn. She knocked down back-to-back shots to put the Huskies up 70-64. She’s got 26 points. 2:53 to play with a spot in the Final Four on the line

  • We’ve got a tie game in Portland! USC’s McKenzie Forbes knocks down a 3 to knot it at 59-59 with 7:32 to play. Forbes has 21 points.

  • End of 3rd: UConn 55, USC 51

    Kayla Padilla hit her first bucket of the night right at the buzzer for USC. That cut UConn’s lead — which hit 12 points briefly in the third — to just four points with 10 minutes to go.

    Looks like we’re in for a good finish in Portland.

  • Aaliyah Edwards seems to be having trouble with her face mask. Had it off early in the third before putting it back on, and then just ripped it off briefly before hitting a pair of free throws.

    UConn leads 47-40 midway through the third.

  • UConn just came out of halftime on an 8-0 run with a huge Nika Mühl 3-pointer to grab a 41-33 lead early in the third.

  • Halftime: UConn 33, USC 33

    USC went on quick 6-0 burst to tie the game up at halftime. Paige Bueckers has 15 points, and JuJu Watkins has 13 at the break.

  • Paige Bueckers with a deep contested 3 for the Huskies. They’re holding onto a slight lead late in the second quarter now

  • It’s almost halftime in Portland, and Caitlin Clark is still signing autographs and meeting fans in Albany.

  • JuJu Watkins just scored her 899th point of the season, which set a new NCAA Division-I freshman record. She passed San Diego State’s Tina Hutchinson, who set the mark in the 1983-84 campaign.

  • UConn has taken a 24-19 lead thanks to a 8-0 run capped by a Qadence Samuels 3

  • End of 1st: USC 17, UConn 15

    USC leads UConn 17-15 after the first quarter.

    Paige Bueckers has seven points for the Huskies, and McKenzie has eight for USC.

  • USC jumped up 15-6 in the first, but they’ve not scored since. Aaliyah Edwards just tied it back up for UConn on a huge reverse layup late in the quarter.

  • The 3-point lines at the Moda Center have been fixed. It’s very clear on one end of the floor, where there’s a huge gap between the line and the white paint on the court.

  • Now let’s go west to the Moda Center in Portland, where UConn and USC will fight it out for the last Final Four spot

  • Caitlin Clark and the Hawkeyes beat LSU in a rematch from last year’s title game. They’re headed to the Final Four in Cleveland later this week.

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