Caitlin Clark Made Such a High IQ Move Involving Paige Bueckers at End of Iowa–UConn Game

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A controversial foul call late in the fourth quarter overshadowed a high IQ play made by Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark that helped seal Iowa's 71–69 Final Four victory over UConn on Friday night.

Clinging to a two-point lead with possession of the ball and just 1.1 seconds remaining in the game, Clark lined up to inbound the ball, immediately noticing that her defender, UConn guard Paige Bueckers, had her back turned towards her.

Clark took advantage, bouncing the ball off of Bueckers's back and taking a full second off of the clock, all but ending any hope the Huskies had of a miracle comeback.

At that point, the chances of a UConn victory were slim, but Clark's improvisational move fully shut the door and sealed Iowa's berth in the national title game against unbeaten South Carolina.

After the game, Clark explained her reasoning behind the decision.

Clark, who was held to a personal NCAA Tournament-low 21 points, found a way to impact the game that won't show up on the box score.

As a result, the projected top pick in the WNBA draft will get one more shot at a national championship, seemingly the only accolade left to achieve in her illustrious college career.

Iowa has opened as 6.5-point underdogs against the 37-0 Gamecocks in Sunday's title game.


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Tim Capurso

TIM CAPURSO

Tim Capurso is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Previously he wrote for RotoBaller and ClutchPoints, where he was the lead editor for MLB, College Football and NFL coverage. A lifelong Yankees and Giants fan, Tim grew up just outside New York City and now lives near Philadelphia. When he's not writing, Tim enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with his family, including his three-legged cat Willow, who, unfortunately, is an Eagles fan.