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The No. 1 seed Iowa Hawkeyes faced a tough challenge in the women’s basketball NCAA Tournament against the No. 8 West Virginia Mountaineers. Despite a slow start, the Hawkeyes managed to secure a 64-54 victory in a hard-fought game. The first half ended with Iowa holding a slim 26-24 lead, but the Mountaineers proved to be relentless opponents in the second half. Although Iowa seemed to have a comfortable lead in the third quarter, West Virginia fought back and tied the game late in the fourth quarter before the Hawkeyes pulled away for the win.

Caitlin Clark, the NCAA all-time points leader, led the way for Iowa with 32 points in the game. Despite a sub-par shooting performance, Clark made key free throws in the final minutes to help secure the victory. Sydney Affolter and Hannah Stuelke also made significant contributions for the Hawkeyes, with Affolter scoring 13 points and Stuelke recording a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. For West Virginia, JJ Quinerly was the leading scorer with 15 points, while Jayla Hemingway and Kyah Watson also made important contributions with 10 and 13 points respectively.

The game was closer than many had expected, with the Mountaineers putting up a strong fight against the top-seeded Hawkeyes. Iowa’s victory was not assured until the final minutes, as they had to weather a late comeback attempt by West Virginia. While Clark’s scoring prowess was crucial to the win, the contributions of Affolter and Stuelke also played a key role in securing the victory. Despite the challenging game, the Hawkeyes managed to come out on top and advance to the Sweet 16 round of the tournament.

Up next for Iowa is a matchup against No. 5 Colorado in the Sweet 16, where they will look to continue their tournament run. The Hawkeyes will need to be prepared for another tough challenge as they face off against a formidable opponent. After a hard-fought victory over West Virginia, Iowa will look to build on their performance and advance further in the tournament. With key players like Caitlin Clark leading the way, the Hawkeyes will aim to showcase their strength and continue their pursuit of a championship title.

Despite facing a tough test from West Virginia, the Iowa Hawkeyes were able to overcome the challenge and secure a spot in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. With a combination of clutch performances from key players and a relentless effort, Iowa was able to come out on top in a hard-fought battle. As they prepare to face No. 5 Colorado in the next round, the Hawkeyes will look to build on their momentum and continue their pursuit of a championship title. The victory over West Virginia serves as a testament to the Hawkeyes’ resilience and determination in the face of adversity, setting the stage for an exciting matchup in the Sweet 16.

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