Mississippi State Breaks UConn Women's 111-Game Streak in OT
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 19:15
Birmingham native Morgan William hit a jumper at the buzzer to lift Mississippi State past CT 66-64 in overtime on Friday night in the Women's Final Four, ending the Huskies' record 111-game winning streak.
"I live for moments like this", William told ESPN.
South Carolina's Dawn Staley, who played for Tara VanDerveer on the U.S. women's team that won the 1996 Olympic gold medal, won as a coach against the Stanford coach for the first time in six tries.
"I was in shock". So in overtime, I didn't want to do that again.
Prescott also tweeted his apologies about the result to a young UConn fan who sat next to him at the game and was upset about the final result. There wasn't much else he could do, another title beyond his grasp. The last time that happened was November of 2014 on the road against Stanford. "We beat the greatest team, with the greatest streak in the history of sports." he said. The Gamecocks beat Stanford in the first semifinal.
No, this wouldn't be like past year in the Sweet 16, when UConn beat MSU by 60 points. All season long the Bulldogs had that humiliating loss on their minds.
Now they've erased that defeat, beating UConn (36-1) on the grandest stage in one of the sport's greatest games.
"I don't have to play them 100 times".
"It's not weird; we knew they could get here just like we could", McCowan said of the Gamecocks.
One year ago when these two teams played, CT came out on top by 60 points. "I am a proud Mississippian". UConn had a shot at the line to take the lead with under 30 seconds remaining, but Napheesa Collier only hit one of two free throws to tie it up at 60-all.
The Bulldogs ran onto the court, piling up at center court while UConn players stood stonefaced.
It's hard to imagine many people being more excited about Mississippi State's 66-64 upset win over UConn in the women's Final Four on Friday night than Dak Prescott.
Who: Mississippi State (33-4) vs. The Bulldogs led by as many at 16 points in the first half and saw UConn rally to take the lead in the third quarter.
"Maybe we're just not ready for this". We had so much confidence going into the game.
However, it should be noted that Mississippi State put in a lot of work prior to that game-winner.
It just the second time UConn has trailed at the half this season and only the fourth occasion in the 111-game winning streak.
The Bulldogs scored the final seven points of the first quarter to lead 22-13 after one quarter.
The Bulldogs used an agresssive defense to limit UConn's shooting accuracy, holding them to 48.7 percent of their shots in regulation, and jumping out to a 16-point lead in the first half.
A flagrant foul with less than 30 seconds left in overtime let CT tie the score and have a chance for the last shot, but a turnover gave William the second chance she needed. Mississippi State answered and was up, 36-28, at the half. "I knew this was coming at some point".
Former Connecticut standout Breanna Stewart and other former All-Americans from UConn were in attendance on Friday night for the Huskies' national semifinal game - their faces pale and in shock.
They beat Stanford 62-53. Morgan was the hero in that game as well, and had a night for the ages with 41 points and 7 assists with no turnovers in a 94-85 overtime win. We know that we're not done. "But just the feeling of just making history at your school is just something really special".
"When you come into a program like this, there's going to be pressure", said Kia Nurse, who started on the past two title games.
They went ahead to stay with 13 straight points in the third quarter.
The win sends the Bulldogs to its first-ever national championship on Sunday at 5 p.m. But the Bulldogs climbed their way back and took a 60-59 lead with 1:17 to play. "It feels so good, but we're not done yet", Wilson said. Her Old Dominion team went 125-15 in her time there.
"Ain't any shots bigger than then one she hit tonight", Schaefer said.
"I wanted to take a shot, and I took it, and I made it", William said afterward.
"It's wonderful, but you know the job's not finished", said SC guard Kaela Davis, who transferred from Georgia Tech with the idea of playing for a title. Samuelson's right foot slid onto the floor before twisting awkwardly.