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LSU-Iowa women's title game draws record 9.9M viewers

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Sunday's title matchup between LSU and Iowa set a new viewership record for an NCAA Division I women's national championship basketball game.

An average of 9.9 million viewers tuned in to the LSU-Iowa game, making it the most-watched NCAA women's basketball final on record, ESPN announced Monday. Viewership peaked at 12.6 million and was up 103% from last year's championship game.

The LSU-Iowa game broke the previous record of 8.1 million viewers, set in 1992 for a Virginia-Stanford national semifinal on CBS, according to Sports Media Watch. Sunday's matchup also had nearly double the viewership as the Iowa-South Carolina semifinal game on Friday, which was ESPN's most-watched semifinal with 5.5 million viewers.

LSU defeated Iowa 102-85 to capture its first basketball title in school history.

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