Caitlin Clark Had Classy Gesture for Fans While Leaving Court After Iowa’s Loss to South Carolina

Caitlin Clark during the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - National Championship
Caitlin Clark during the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - National Championship / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark played her final college basketball game on Sunday, ending her career in with a crushing defeat against Dawn Staley's undefeated South Carolina team in the National Championship, 87–75.

In the aftermath of the final defeat of her historic career, Clark displayed nothing but class, and she bid farewell to her faithful fans one last time before exiting the court.

Amid the agony of defeat—the second time in as many years that Iowa has come up shy in a national championship scenario—Clark could be seen gesturing to her fans, pointing to her heart in order to show them love before heading to the tunnel.

Clark scored a game-high 30 points, including five threes, while adding eight rebounds and five assists. She played every minute of the game, but her performance wasn't enough to topple the Gamecocks, who won all 38 games they played this season.

The 22-year-old set records throughout the Hawkeyes' tournament run, and although it wasn't the curtain call she'd hoped for, Clark made sure to show her appreciation for her supporters and was all class on her way off the court.


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Karl Rasmussen

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