Mississippi State Stuns UConn
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 16:19
An upset was brewing right from the start of this game as Mississippi State led for the first 25 minutes of the game. She had a layup attempt blocked at the end of regulation.
This will mark the 10th consecutive time the University of CT women's basketball team has played in the NCAA Final Four Tournament.
"Today they deserved to win", Auriemma said.
"One play doesn't cost you a game". 'We couldn't play that sleep time basketball. "That's exactly what she did".
UConn (36-1) had won the last four national championships.
Mississippi State now advances to face SC in the national championship game on Sunday at 6:00 pm ET on ESPN2.
Who was surprised that William was the hero? UConn turned the ball over on its next possession and Mississippi State missed a shot, giving UConn the ball with 26 seconds left. The sports world was shocked and they wasted no time reacting to the memorable moment.
AURIEMMA: They haven't become what I hoped they would become, you know, like edgy. Her Old Dominion team went 125-15 in her time there. That was the last overtime game in the national semifinals.
"It may be a tie", Dillingham said.
Schaefer was part of a national championship while on coach Gary Blair's staff at Texas A&M in 2011, then became Mississippi State's head coach.
Meanwhile, Mississippi State was making shots. She can bug the living heck out of players she guards, and they often find it hard to bother her back almost as much. All that the Worldwide Leader saw after the game was a chance to interview MSU alum Zak Prescott ... and, hey, who is that girl standing there with him, anyway?
SC was led by junior guard Allisha Gray, who scored 18 points on 7-14 shooting and had 8 rebounds. "She can get by anybody".
5-foot-5 Morgan William comes up BIG! In fact, two of the most notable in NCAA tournament history. And after a free throw by Williams, Vivians connected on a three-pointer and followed with two free throws to bring the lead back to 10. Obviously, we dealt with it a year ago and it wasn't a real good experience.
Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer previous year was showing the movie "Miracle" to his players and hoping for one. "I'm not going to say I forgot about it". Now I truly have seen everything!
"We had an incredible run, but we came up against a much better team tonight", Auriemma said. She had two turnovers - which is two too many for her standards - but also helped force UConn into 17.
That was all they needed as Morgan William pulled up at the buzzer and sank the 18-footer to win it.
Just like that, UConn had a 12-0 run and it was a four-point game. But it happened Friday, helping produce a final result that very few were expecting to take place.
And when the buzzer sounded, William started running toward the sidelines.
"I was coached to play both sides of the ball and to understand that everywhere people focus on offense so much that they can be really good offensively players but they might be bad defensive plays so if you can do both sides of the ball it makes you a little bit more valuable", Nurse said.