Dawn Staley Had Beautiful Message for Caitlin Clark During NCAA Championship Trophy Ceremony

This was all class.
Dawn Staley took a moment during the postgame celebration to thank Iowa’s Caitlin Clark for all she’s down for women’s basketball.
Dawn Staley took a moment during the postgame celebration to thank Iowa’s Caitlin Clark for all she’s down for women’s basketball. /

South Carolina was able to race past Iowa in Sunday's national championship game in Cleveland and win their second title in three years with an 87-75 victory over Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley was emotional immediately following the win during her postgame interview with ESPN's Holly Rowe. Then during the trophy presentation, Staley took a minute to shout out Clark and all that she's done for women's basketball during her legendary career, which came to an end Sunday.

“I want to personally thank Caitlin Clark for lifting up our sport,” Staley said. “She carried a heavy load for our sport and it’s not going to stop here on the collegiate tour. When she’s the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft she’s going to lift that league up as well. So Caitlin Clark, if you’re out there, you are one of the GOATs of our game and we appreciate you.”

Here' s that moment:

Too good.


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