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Women’s basketball conference title game scores, highlights: South Carolina tops LSU to win SEC after ugly late brawl

Women's basketball conference title game scores, highlights: South Carolina tops LSU to win SEC after ugly late brawl

With guaranteed bids on the line and plenty of jostling to get into the NCAA tournament, championship week rarely disappoints. It certainly didn't this year.

Caitlin Clark got things started early in the day as Iowa mounted a furious comeback to beat Nebraska in the Big Ten title game. It was the Hawkeyes' third consecutive conference tournament win and they needed overtime to topple a lively Nebraska team. Clark finished with 34 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds in the winning effort.

The action continued in the afternoon as South Carolina stayed perfect on the season after outlasting Angel Reese and defending NCAA champ LSU. The game took a turn in the final two minutes after a wild scrum resulted in mass ejections for both teams. When the remaining players returned to the court, South Carolina held on for a 79-72 win.

USC capped off the day out West with a strong showing in what's likely the final Pac-12 title game. The Trojans didn't get much out of star freshman JuJu Watkins, but it didn't really matter as senior guard McKenzie Forbes picked up the slack with 26 points.

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  • FeaturedMon, March 11, 2024 at 2:03 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    South Carolina tops LSU in SEC title game marred by bench-clearing scuffle, mass ejections

    Click to read story. (Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 1:58 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    Final: USC 74, Stanford 61

    McKenzie Forbes was the star for the Trojans as USC wins what is potentially the last Pac-12 championship game. The senior finished with 26 points in the 74-61 win.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 1:49 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    With 2 minutes left, it’s still a double-digit game. This is USC’s title to lose.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 1:35 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    Every time Stanford chips into USC’s lead, McKenzie Forbes hits another shot and it’s undone. She now has 24 points with just over 6 minutes left in the game.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 1:33 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff
  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 1:25 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    End of Q3: USC 53, Stanford 44

    McKenzie Forbes has 19 points for the Trojans. They’ve been able to keep Stanford at arm’s length for most of the game.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 1:20 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    Watkins hits her first field goal of the game with less than 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. And it was not an easy one as she was forced to contort her body for a tough low-post bucket.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 1:12 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    We are back for the second half of the Pac-12 title game and the Trojans have pushed it to double digits.

    A stunning stat:

    JuJu Watkins against Stanford on Feb. 2: 51 points

    JuJu Watkins against Stanford tonight: 2 points

    And yet, USC is comfortably in the lead. Stanford is forcing Watkins left and doubling her at every opportunity and the freshman hasn’t been able to settle in. Her teammates, however, are cashing in on the extra attention being paid to Watkins.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:51 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    Halftime: USC 40, Stanford 31

    The Trojans go into the break up nine thanks to McKenzie Forbes, who has 14 points on 6-of-10 shots at halftime. Kayla Padilla and Kayla Williams also have eight a piece for USC. Cameron Brink has 13 points and five rebounds for Stanford.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:40 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    As all that played out, the final Pac-12 title game tipped off and is nearing halftime. The Trojans have been the better team early despite star freshman JuJu Watkins being held scoreless so far.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:29 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    Final: South Carolina 79, LSU 72

    The Gamecocks hold on to win the SEC title after a wild late-game scrum led to mass ejections for both teams. South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso will have to sit out the first game of the NCAA tournament for her role in the fight.

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  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:25 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    Barring a miracle, the Gamecocks are going to be able to ice this thing despite the bizarre circumstances in the final 2 minutes.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:23 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    LSU desperately needed a stop but fouled and then was unable to secure a defensive rebound. South Carolina goes to the line, sinks two.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:20 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    The action on the court has restarted and the Tigers have cut the deficit to 75-70. Just over a minute left in the game.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:18 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    Every player who was just ejected will not be able to play in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:18 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff
  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:17 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff
  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:16 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    The final 2:08 will be played out with the 5 players on each team who were not involved in the scrum or did not leave the bench area.

  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:15 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff
  • Mon, March 11, 2024 at 12:09 AM GMT+3Yahoo Sports Staff

    Here’s another angle of the melee, including the fan who leapt the scorer’s table and was quickly followed by a security guard.

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