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Last season, the Iowa Hawkeyes and superstar Caitlin Clark fell just one game shy of a national championship as they fell to the LSU Tigers in the title game of the 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. And it sounds like Clark and her team are using that as motivation this year.

After beating LSU in the Elite Eight, Caitlin Clark made it very clear that the team has its sights set on a national title, and the Hawkeyes are especially motivated after losing in the title game last season.

“That’s where we want to be,” Clark said. “But you’ve got to win one at a time. There’s still two more there to get. That’s what makes the Final Four so fun. Anybody can take it. Anybody can win it. We want to win the national title. That’s probably what 100 other Division I basketball teams said when they started their season. There’s only one team of 360 that get to end their season happy.

“And to me, that’s what makes this sport so fun. A lot of people end disappointed. And being so close last year, I think that’s what just drives you.”

We’ll have to see if Clark can lead her team to the title or if she will end her career disappointed.