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The University of Iowa's Hawkeyes ended the perfect season of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks with a thrilling 74-73 victory in the NCAA women's Final Four on Sunday.
Iowa's Megan Gustafson scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Hawkeyes overcome a six-point deficit and seal the win. The Hawkeyes held on despite a late surge from the Gamecocks, who were led by A'ja Wilson's 25 points and 11 rebounds.
The win marked the first Final Four appearance for Iowa in program history. The Hawkeyes had never advanced past the Sweet 16 before this tournament.
Iowa fell behind early in the game, trailing by as much as six points in the first half. However, the Hawkeyes never lost their composure and battled back to take a four-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter saw the two teams trade leads, with the score tied at 73 with less than a minute remaining. That's when Iowa guard Tania Davis drove the lane and hit a tough layup to put the Hawkeyes ahead for good.
The win capped off a historic run for the Hawkeyes, who finished the season with a 32-7 record. Iowa will now face the defending champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the National Championship game on Tuesday.
For South Carolina, the loss marked the end of a perfect season. The Gamecocks had won all 33 of their games prior to Sunday, setting an NCAA record for most wins in a single season. Despite the loss, however, South Carolina can still take solace in the fact that they capped off an unprecedented season.
In the end, it was Iowa's Megan Gustafson and Tania Davis who proved to be the difference makers. The two combined for 40 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Hawkeyes to victory.
With the win, Iowa moves on to the National Championship game, where they will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Hawkeyes will be looking to win their first NCAA women's basketball championship in school history.