Women’s Final Four Set for Dallas

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South Carolina and Virginia Tech won games Monday night to reach the Women’s Final Four in Dallas.

The Gamecocks defeated Maryland, 86-75, to stay undefeated. They will play Iowa at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Hokies outlasted Ohio State, 84-74. They will play LSU at 6 p.m. Friday at the American Airlines Center.

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The NCAA women’s Final Four is coming to Dallas this weekend.

Two of the four spots have been filled, while the others will be determined Monday night.

LSU (32-2) claimed the first spot by winning over Miami 54-42 on Sunday.

Angel Reese and Alexis Morris led the Tigers in a low-scoring affair that saw just 18 combined points in the first quarter. Miami was within six at halftime, but LSU pushed the lead to double digits in the third and never looked back.

LSU reaches the Final Four for the sixth time and the first time since 2008.

“We’re going to enjoy this,” head coach Kim Mulkey told the media in a press conference. “It’s what you play for — to get to Final Fours, to win championships. Do you know how many coaches coach 25, 30, 40 years and never ever made the Final Four and never ever won the national championship? It’s hard to do.”

Later that day, Iowa (30-6) defeated Louisville 97-83 to clinch the second spot in the Final Four.

Both teams scored more than 40 points in the first half, and Iowa used a 30-point third quarter to pull away. All-American Caitlin Clark had 41 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds for Iowa, while Hailey Van Lith led Louisville with 27 points.

Iowa is reaching the Final Four for the first time since 1993.

“I’m just pretty thankful right now,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said in a press conference following the win. “I don’t know if it’s really sunk in yet, but this group is amazing. To do the thing you love with the people you love, it doesn’t get any better than that. That’s exactly how this team is.”

“Every Hawkeye that’s tried to get back to the Final four in the last 30 years, they’re a part of this, and I want them to know they’re a part of this.”

On Monday, Maryland (28-6) will face South Carolina (35-0), and Ohio State (28-7) will play Virginia Tech (30-4).

South Carolina is the defending champion, winning 41 games in a row, dating back to last season’s championship run.

A win would send the Gamecocks back to the Final Four and break the single-season wins mark for the program for the fourth time since the 2013-14 season.

Maryland was eliminated by Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament but recorded nine wins against Top 25 teams this season. The Terrapins have made 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and would make their sixth Final Four with a win against South Carolina.

Virginia Tech is looking to make the Final Four for the first time. The Hokies have won 14 consecutive games since a late January loss to Duke and have already made it further in the NCAA Tournament than any other team in program history.

Ohio State knocked off UConn to end the Huskies’ streak of 16 consecutive Elite Eights and is seeking its first Final Four berth since 1993.

If Maryland and Ohio State can pull off the upsets on Monday, the Big Ten Conference will have three teams in the Final Four, joining the ACC in 2006 as the only conference with the achievement.

The women’s Final Four begins at 6 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center on Friday. The second game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CT, and the national championship will be played at 2:30 p.m. CT Sunday.

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