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Women’s Final Four at a glance: Caitlin Clark among key players, schedule, tip times, March Madness scores

Cleveland’s action features South Carolina facing NC State while Iowa takes on UConn

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The Final Four for the 2024 NCAA Women’s Tournament is set. After No. 1 overall seed South Carolina and NC State punched their tickets Sunday, Iowa and UConn joined the party a day later. This quartet will now make its way to Cleveland with the action set to begin Friday. 

Now that the teams and matchups are locked in, here’s a first glance at the 2024 women’s Final Four. 

Final Four schedule

Final Four: Friday, March 5

  • No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 3 NC State, 7 p.m. ET — ESPN
  • No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 3 UConn, 30 minutes after conclusion of first game — ESPN

National championship: Sunday, March 7

TBD vs. TBD, 3 p.m. ET — ABC 

Here’s what you need to know about each team. 

(1) South Carolina, 36-0

Path to the Final Four

  • First round: 91-39 over No. 16 Presbyterian
  • Second round: 88-41 win over No. 8 North Carolina
  • Sweet 16: 79-75 win over No. 4 Indiana
  • Elite Eight: 70-58 win over No. 3 Oregon State

Key players

  • Kamilla Cardoso, center: 14.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 58.9% FG
  • Te-Hina Paopao, guard: 10.9 points, 3.7 assists, 46.3% 3FG

Key stat

  • The Gamecocks are undefeated and looking to become the first team since UConn in 2016 to win a national championship with a perfect record. 

(3) NC State, 31-6

Path to the Final Four

  • First round: 64-45 win over No. 14 Chattanooga 
  • Second round: 79-72 win over No. 6 Tennessee
  • Sweet 16: 77-67 win over No. 2 Stanford
  • Elite Eight: 76-66 win over No. 1 Texas

Key players

  • Aziaha James, guard: 16.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 34.4% 3FG
  • Saniya Rivers, guard: 12.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 steals

Key stat

  • Including the tournament, the Wolfpack are 4-0 against teams ranked in the top-five nationally this season, and they won all of those games by double digits. 

(1) Iowa, 33-4

Path to the Final Four

  • First round: 91-65 win over No. 16 Holy Cross
  • Second round: 64-54 win over No. 8 West Virginia 
  • Sweet 16: 89-68 win over No. 5 Colorado
  • Elite Eight: 84-87 win over No. 3 LSU

Key players

  • Caitlin Clark, guard: 31.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 37.7% 3FG
  • Hannah Stuelke, forward: 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 61.0% FG

Key stat

(3) UConn, 33-5

Path to the Final Four

  • First round: 86-64 win over No. 14 Jackson State
  • Second round: 72-64 win over No. 6 Syracuse
  • Sweet 16: 53-45 win over No. 7 Duke
  • Elite Eight: 80-73 win over No. 1 USC

Key players

  • Paige Bueckers, guard: 21.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 53.6% FG, 41.5% 3FG
  • Aaliyah Edwards, forward: 17.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 59.7% FG

Key stat

  • Despite losing six players to season-ending injuries, the Huskies have now made it to the Final Four a record 23 times, including 15 of the last 16 years

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