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Iowa-LSU women’s NCAA basketball game sets ratings record


Monday night’s Elite Eight showdown between Caitlin Clark’s Iowa Hawkeyes and Angel Reese’s LSU Tigers set the all-time ratings record for a women’s college basketball game, according to ESPN.


More than 12 million people tuned in to watch the much-hyped rematch of 2023’s national championship game, which saw Iowa avenge last year’s loss and advance to its second straight Final Four. The audience peaked at 16.1 million viewers, according to ESPN.


ESPN also boasted Monday’s audience of 12.3 million made it the “most-watched college basketball game EVER on ESPN platforms.”


Last year’s championship game between Iowa and LSU drew 9.9 million viewers and held the previous viewership record, ESPN said.


On Monday, Iowa, led by Clark’s 41 points, downed LSU 94-87 to advance to the next round in Cleveland.

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