NCAA Womens Basketball: Final Four National Semifinals-Iowa vs South Carolina

Mar 31, 2023; Dallas, TX, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) attempts a three-point basket against South Carolina Gamecocks guard Raven Johnson (25) in the second half in semifinals of the women's Final Four of the 2023 NCAA Tournament at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

DALLAS -- The crucial difference between No. 1 South Carolina and No. 2 Iowa on Friday night in the Final Four is that one team had Caitlin Clark and the other did not.

Clark, the consensus national player of the year, piled up 41 points as the Hawkeyes slayed the undefeated Gamecocks 77-73, ending South Carolina's national title defense in front of an announced sold-out crowd at the American Airlines Center.

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