The 2023 NCAA Finals was a competition at its finest. There were two very important figures competing for the title, Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese. Both players were exceptional during their journey all the way up to the finals, but only one of them walked home a champion. The entire world would have wished for both of them to emerge victorious, but a game should always have one winner.
In reality, however, the Iowa Hawkeyes were expected to take home the trophy due to Catlin Clark’s raw offensive power. She was able to shut down the best defenders throughout the tournament. Unfortunately, the LSU Tigers smartly utilized their players and held the Hawkeyes to only 85 points. The Tigers won with a 17-point lead, leaving the Hawkeyes in disbelief. Clark was extremely emotional following the game and could not hold it in.
But both individuals are extremely talented in their own way. Caitlin Clark has drawn comparisons to Stephen Curry for her offensive prowess and shooting skills. Similarly, Angel Reese was also compared to the legendary Shaquille O’Neal, who happens to be a former LSU player as well. Both of them were efficient scorers and rebounders.
Does Angel Reese have an edge over Caitlin Clark?
Caitlin Clark has achieved far more than anybody her age. With multiple accolades in scoring and assists while holding a consistent stat, the world had its eyes set on her to win the title. The Iowa native represented the country at the FIBA U-19 World Cup and she won the tournament MVP award as well. This speaks volumes about her capacity to be one of the best players around.
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 2, 2023
However, Angel Reese can be a physical threat to her opponents. In comparison to the Iowa Hawkeyes point guard, Reese stands at 6″3 feet with a wingspan of 7 feet, weighing in at 165 lbs. The only issue with Reese is that she has suffered from a couple of injuries in the past that may have slowed down her agility.
Caitlin Clark dabbles around in all aspects of the game. She rebounds well, scores at a high level, and has brilliant court vision. Luckily, she stands at 6ft with a wingspan of 6″4 feet. At her height, she stands above the average height of the NCAA’s Women’s Division. Clark is a lightweight, however. She weighs in at 155 lbs, much lighter than Reese. But both women have enough talent to compensate for what could’ve otherwise made them a mismatch.