Iowa-LSU Elite Eight Match-Up Sets New ESPN Ratings Record During March Madness

The NCAA Women’s basketball tournament has reached its pinnacle, with the Final Four featuring South Carolina, Iowa, UConn, and NC State. As the star-studded event nears its climax, ESPN is set to broadcast some of the most exciting games of the season.

Last year’s Elite Eight game between LSU and Iowa drew an impressive 9.9 million average viewers and 12.6 million at its peak. This year’s game between these two teams broke new ground, with a record-breaking 12.3 million viewers tuning in to watch the game. This was also the highest-rated college basketball game on ESPN platforms, making it clear that this year’s tournament is attracting a wider audience than ever before.

Iowa emerged victorious over LSU in their Elite Eight matchup with a score of 94-87, denying LSU a chance to defend their national championship title. However, this year’s Elite Eight games were not just about one game; all four games attracted millions of viewers and solidified this year’s tournament as the most-watched on record.

One of the standout performances in this year’s tournament was that of Iowa guard Caitlin Clark. She had an incredible showing in the Elite Eight game against LSU, scoring 41 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds. She was named the Albany 2 Regional Most Outstanding Player for her efforts and broke records for career 3-pointers and NCAA Tournament assists along the way.

The Final Four promises to be an exciting showdown between some of the best teams in women’s college basketball. With such high stakes and talented players on display, it will be hard to predict who will come out on top when it all comes down to crunch time. Whatever happens next weekend is sure to be a memorable moment in women’s sports history – stay tuned!

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