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Iowa-LSU battle sets all-time viewership record – NBC Chicago

Monday’s matchup between Iowa and LSU not only featured two of the biggest stars in basketball today, but it also broke a record that has stood for more than 40 years.

According to ESPN, the battle between Caitlin Clark’s Iowa Hawkeyes and Angel Reese’s LSU Tigers drew 12.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched women’s college basketball game of all time.

According to Sports Media Watch, that number eclipses the 11.84 million who saw USC defeat Louisiana Tech in the 1983 Final Four championship game.

Additionally, ESPN also announced that the 12.3 million viewers represented the largest audience for a college basketball game in the network’s history.

Needless to say, the 2023 championship game rematch lived up to its expectations. Looking to avenge last year’s loss, Clark played all 40 minutes for the Hawkeyes, racking up 41 points and 12 assists as she led Iowa back to the Final Four.

Clark is the only player since assists became an official statistic in the 1990s to reach the 40-10 mark in points and assists in an NCAA tournament game, and she has now done it twice times in his career, according to Stats Inc.

Sydney Affolter scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Hawkeyes, and Kate Martin scored 21 points as Iowa earned a hard-fought victory.

Now, the Hawkeyes will face the UConn Huskies in the Final Four on Friday. If they win, they could potentially have to face an undefeated South Carolina team in the championship game on Sunday, a matchup that would almost certainly break the all-time record again.

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