Record-Breaking Viewership and Standout Performance at the Elite Eight: A Look at the Women’s NCAA Tournament Games

By Eleanor Harrison Apr3,2024
ESPN’s broadcast of the Elite Eight matchup between Iowa and LSU breaks records for March Madness ratings.

The Women’s NCAA tournament is coming to a close, with South Carolina, Iowa, UConn, and NC State set to face off in the Final Four. In anticipation of the major storylines surrounding the tournament, Tony Anderson takes a closer look at the events leading up to this point.

One of the most highly anticipated games of the tournament was between Iowa and LSU in the Elite Eight. With 12.3 million viewers tuning in, it was the most-viewed women’s college basketball game on record and also the most-watched college basketball game ever on ESPN platforms. Despite being defeated by LSU last year with a score of 102-85, Iowa emerged victorious this time around with a score of 94-87.

This year’s game peaked at 16.1 million viewers, marking the second-highest audience for any basketball game on ESPN since 2012. The other Elite Eight games were also highly viewed, including USC-UConn, Oregon State-South Carolina, and NC State-Texas.

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark had an outstanding performance in the Elite Eight game, scoring 41 points with 12 assists and seven rebounds. She was named the Albany 2 Regional Most Outstanding Player and set records for career 3-pointers and NCAA Tournament all-time assists. Clark’s nine 3-pointers in the game tied a single-game tournament record.

In the Final Four matchup between Iowa and UConn, two standout players from last year’s Sweet 16 game will face off again: Paige Bueckers for UConn and Caitlin Clark for Iowa

By Eleanor Harrison

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