Apr 5, 2024 - Sports

Women's Final Four brings Caitlin Clark, madness to Cleveland

Iowa player Caitlin Clark shoots the ball.

Iowa's Caitlin Clark practices at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Photo: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The top women's college basketball star of all time, a perennial powerhouse and an undefeated team trying to make history.

Why it matters: The women's NCAA Final Four is at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse this weekend and is expected to generate an economic impact of $30 million for the city, according to Destination Cleveland.

Driving the news: No. 3 seed N.C. State takes on No. 1 South Carolina at 7pm Friday night, and No. 1 Iowa faces No. 3 UConn at 9:30pm.

  • The winners will compete for the championship, tipping off at 3pm Sunday.

The intrigue: Iowa's Caitlin Clark has been on a tear, breaking the record for most points scored by a Division I basketball player and pushing the popularity of women's basketball to an all-time high.

  • South Carolina is looking to become the 10th undefeated champion in women's tournament history, while UConn is looking to win its 12th championship in school history, but its first since 2016.
  • UConn and N.C. State also have teams in the men's Final Four.

What we're watching: Monday's Elite Eight game between Iowa and LSU was the most-viewed women's college basketball game ever, with 12.3 million viewers.

  • Clark's showdown with UConn star Paige Bueckers tonight could beat that mark.

If you go: As of yesterday, the lowest price for a single game ticket to the women's Final Four was listed at $370 on SeatGeek.

  • Tonight's games will air on ESPN and ESPN+. Sunday's championship game will air on ABC.

Plus: The Party on the Plaza celebration takes place at Gateway Plaza near Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse today through Sunday.

  • Admission is free.
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