DALLAS (AP) — Iowa star Caitlin Clark was whistled for a technical foul late in the third quarter after trailing LSU by nine points in the NCAA championship game.
The Hawkeyes’ biggest problem was the call for the young scoring sensation’s fourth personal foul, moments after frontcourt leader Monica Chinono picked up her fourth.
Clark never made a mistake, but Ciccino and teammate McKenna Warnock didn’t make Iowa a serious run in the fourth quarter. 102-85 loss to the Tigers on Sunday.
The second and third fouls against Clark were both punts within three minutes of the second quarter. Associated Press Player of the Year He was trying to dribble around defenders.
The latter sent her to the bench for the final 3:26 of the first half when the Hawkeyes were down 11, and she left the game again after a technical with 1:04 left in the third.
“I thought they called it really, really hard,” said Clark, who scored 30 points. “I don’t know about the two push-offs in the second quarter. I thought all I could do was respond and get back out there and keep fighting and keep helping this team get into the game.
On the Pool Report, leader Lisa Jones said Clark, who had a technical, was given a delay of game warning for the Hawkeyes after a basket was made early in the third. quarter
Clark’s technology was one of 37 personal fouls. It wasn’t a championship game record, and it was 15 fewer than this year’s first-round game between James Madison and Ohio State.
Social media has made it seem like an all-time story with comments that the officials are making the story by taking the stars out of the game. Chinono didn’t want to go there after the game.
“I really don’t think that’s a big question for me to answer, to be honest,” Chizino said. “We cannot live in the past. All we can do is live in the moment. That game happened. Those calls were made. Going forward, we’ll see what people decide to do about it.
LSU’s Angel Reese sat out long stretches of the first half after picking up two fouls. Czinano and Warnock had two fouls at halftime and both had four going into the fourth quarter.
Ciccino fouled out with 6:25 left and the Hawkeyes trailed by 14.
“It’s frustrating because I feel like I can’t talk to them,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “They don’t even listen. When your two seniors have to sit on the bench – they don’t know they’re seniors. I understand. But those two women didn’t deserve it. And then Caitlin got ‘T’. I do not know. It’s too bad.”
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