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What time does Iowa vs. LSU start? TV schedule, channel for 2023 NCAA women's basketball championship

By Sara Tidwell,


The final battle. Two upstart programs — LSU and Iowa — will meet in the 2023 NCAA women's basketball championship game, both hungry for their school's first-ever title after slaying the two remaining No. 1 seeds of March Madness in the Final Four.

LSU defeated Virginia Tech 79-72 after a spicy fourth-quarter 15-0 run led by Angel Reese stunned the Hokies on Friday.

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Iowa defeated South Carolina, the undefeated juggernaut and reigning national champions, 77-73, handing them their first and only loss of the season. The Hawkeyes were carried by another stunning performance by Caitlin Clark, who scored 41 points for a second consecutive game.

Clark equaled Virginia Tech's Georgia Amoore for most three-pointers ever scored in a women's NCAA tournament game after Amoore set the record earlier against LSU, both with 33 treys during their 2023 March Madness runs.

The Sporting News has a complete guide to watching No. 3 LSU vs. No. 2 Iowa in the national championship game, including start time, TV channel and betting odds for the winner of the NCAA March Madness title.

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What time does Iowa vs. LSU start?

  • Date: Sunday, April 2
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET | 12:30 a.m. ET

The national championship game between LSU vs. Iowa will tip off at 3:30 p.m. ET from American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Exclusive coverage will begin at 2 p.m. ET, an hour and a half before teams take the court for battle. There will be a countdown to the championship with hosts Christine Williamson and Terrika Foster-Brasby, as well as a special by the studio hosts Elle Duncan, Monica McNutt, Carolyn Peck with Rebecca Lobo and Andraya Carter.

How to watch 2023 NCAA women's basketball championship game

  • TV channel: ABC

LSU vs. Iowa will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

ESPN's lead team will be on coverage duty with Ryan Ruocco on play-by-play, Lobo on color analysis, Carter as the sideline analyst and Holly Rowe as the sideline reporter.

The game will also have an accompanying MegaCast on ESPN2/ESPN+ hosted by women's basketball legends Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi – the second installment of "The Bird and Taurasi Show."

Iowa vs. LSU live streams

LSU vs. Iowa will be available for live stream on the ESPN app and Sling TV. Sling TV is currently offering half off the first month of a subscription.

The Orange and Orange + Blue bundles provide access to ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.

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