Caitlin Clark, Iowa Hawkeyes win, faces LSU Tigers. 

ALBANY, New York -- The NCAA women's basketball committee roughly two weeks ago, on Selection Sunday, lined up the opponents in last year's national championship game.

LSU and Iowa then had to work hard to get there. It's on now.  

At MVP Arena on Saturday, the No. 1 seed Hawkeyes easily defeated the 5th-seeded Colorado Buffaloes 89-68 in their Sweet 16 matchup.

That came after a much closer and more intense game in which LSU, the defending champion and number three seed, defeated UCLA, the number two seed, 78-69, with a decisive four-minute stretch.

Next up is a rematch of the Dallas match that attracted the largest television audience in the history of the women's tournament.

After Iowa defeated South Carolina in the national semifinals, which was previously unbeaten, the Tigers won the NCAA final, which was telecast on ABC, 102–85.  

After defeating the Buffaloes on Saturday, the Hawkeyes had hardly left the court when the LSU controversy started.  

Guard Caitlin Clark led Iowa with 29 points and 15 assists. "Anytime you have a chance to go up against somebody you lost to, it brings a little more energy," Clark said. 

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