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Alex Morris, LSU look to take advantage of 'disrespectful' Iowa defense in NCAA women's title game

By Nick Brinkerhoff,


The disrespect is real — at least if you ask LSU guard Alexis Morris.

Morris on Saturday referred to how Iowa opted to defend South Carolina during their Final Four game Friday night , daring the Gamecocks' guards to shoot.

Videos of Iowa guard Caitlin Clark waving off Raven Johnson — disregarding her on the perimeter completely — were popular on social media.

It was a move that Morris and her LSU teammates plan to use as motivation heading into Sunday afternoon's championship game.

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"I watched the game, and I'm watching them guard South Carolina," Morris said, per ESPN . "I don't think they can guard us that way. I don't think you can just leave me open on the perimeter or leave us open on the perimeter.

"Me personally, I find it very disrespectful, so I'm going to take that personally going into that game. You're going to have to guard us. That's just the competitor in me, and the will to win."

While every detail can be turned into a motivating factor at this point of the season, Clark tried to clarify the Hawkeyes' plan to hand South Carolina its first loss in over a year.

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"We're not going to guard LSU the same way we guarded South Carolina," Clark said. "Obviously, with South Carolina, you've got to pick your poison. They play two tremendous posts (Aliyah Boston, Kamilla Cardoso).

"If they were going to beat us, we were going to let it be by the 3-point line. You have to pick and choose your battles. We can't guard everything. That's the game of basketball. You have a scout. You know player personnel. What are you going to give up? That's what we were going to give up. We had all the respect in the world for South Carolina, and especially their post play."

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LSU is better behind the arc than South Carolina, shooting 33.7 percent this season compared to the Gamecocks' 31 percent. The Tigers, meanwhile, will have to contend with Iowa, which can sometimes live on the outside with Clark. As a team, the Hawkeyes shoot 37.7 percent from deep.

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder also said that her team will need a different approach against the Tigers.

Until then, Morris and other LSU players will continue to use the "disrespect" as fuel.

"That was very disrespectful, and [South Carolina] didn't take advantage of that," guard Kateri Poole said, per ESPN. "If they do it to us, we're going to take advantage."

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"We don't really know their game plan and how they're going to guard us," forward LaDazhia Williams said, also per ESPN. "Hopefully not like that or else Lex is definitely going to knock down some 3s, Flau'jae [Johnson], Kateri, they're all capable of hitting 3s, so I would hope they wouldn't guard us like that."

Sounds as if a 3-point contest will break out in Dallas.

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