ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 26, 2023) –
The Big Ten Conference saw its history-making 2022-23 women’s basketball season take another step forward Sunday night when the University of Iowa earned a trip to the NCAA Women’s Final Four with a 97-83 victory over Louisville in the Seattle 4 Regional final at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.
It will be the Hawkeyes’ second berth in the Final Four and first since 1993. It is also the 10th Final Four appearance for a Big Ten school and the first since 2015, when Maryland reached college basketball’s final weekend during its inaugural season as a conference member.
Iowa junior guard and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Caitlin Clark
turned in a dominant performance on Sunday with her fifth triple-double this season and 11th of her career, registering 41 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. It was not only the first 30- or 40-point triple-double in NCAA women’s or men’s basketball tournament history, but it was also just the third time a Big Ten player posted a triple-double in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. The most recent to do so was another Hawkeye point guard, Samantha Logic, who had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists against Baylor on March 27, 2015, in Oklahoma City.
added 17 points and Gabbie Marshall
scored 14 points for Iowa (30-6), which will face the winner of the Greenville 1 Regional (either Maryland or South Carolina) in the NCAA Final Four national semifinals on Friday at either 7 or 9 p.m. (ET) inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The game will be televised live on ESPN.
Maryland and South Carolina will meet in their Elite Eight contest at 7 p.m. (ET) Monday on ESPN, followed by Ohio State taking on Virginia Tech in the Seattle 3 Regional final at 9 p.m. (ET) Monday, also on ESPN. The Big Ten has already set a conference record with three Elite Eight participants for the first time, while Iowa’s win on Sunday was also a conference-record 12th victory in this year’s NCAA Tournament, topping the previous mark of 11 in 2004.
Big Ten Conference
) is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching, and public service. Founded in 1896, Big Ten Conference has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness, and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten Conference institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,800 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. Big Ten Conference sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013.