College basketball fans loved the classy message that Dawn Staley had for Caitlin Clark after South Carolina’s championship win

In the build-up to South Carolina’s national championship matchup with Iowa, Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley had said that she thought Caitlin Clark — the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer — needed to win a national title in order to really be the GOAT.

Sunday’s game, though, appeared to have changed that perspective. And Staley had the best way of congratulating Clark.

South Carolina completed its undefeated season with an 87-75 win over Iowa, but Clark’s performance — especially in the first quarter — was deserving of legendary status. The Iowa star scored 30 points in the losing effort. But after the game, Staley had a great message for Clark while speaking to the crowd.

She said:

“I have to congratulate Iowa on an incredible season. Also, I want to personally thank Caitlin Clark for lifting up our sport. She carried a heavy load for our sport, and it’s just not gonna stop here on a collegiate tour but when she’s the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft, she’s gonna lift that league up as well. So, Caitlin Clark, if you’re out there, you are one of the GOATs of our game and we appreciate you.”

Clark was told about the remarks after the game, and it was clear that she really appreciated those words.

College basketball fans also loved that moment from Staley.

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