Mississippi State upsets UConn women in NCAA semifinals
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 22:04
Mississippi State will now play the South Carolina Gamecocks - a team it has lost to twice this season - in the national championship on Sunday. The contest will be shown nationally on ESPN.
"During the timeout, Coach [Schaefer] told us I was going to win this game", William said. As soon as that ball went up, I was like this is going in, this is going in. I wanted to take the shot. When I made the shot, I was in shock.
UConn's 22-13 deficit at the end of the first quarter was, at the time of the game, the Huskies' largest deficit of the season, and the first time they trailed at the end of the first quarter since they faced Texas on December 4. My teammates are just so happy and proud of me.
"The coaches prepared us". The wide receiver even tweeted about Dak after the game was over. "So we're just going to try to enjoy it".
Who: Mississippi State (33-4) vs.
Now they've erased that defeat, beating UConn - which had won the last four national college championships - on the grandest stage in one of the sport's greatest games.
Friday's remarkable upset in the Women's Final Four snapped Connecticut's 111-game winning streak - a run dating back to November 17, 2014. We got beat by 60 a year ago. "We came up against a much better team tonight". "We've had two knockdown, drag-outs with them". These kids were ready for this moment. I got in the space, I jumped up, I made the shot. We're not satisfied. We didn't come this far for nothing. These are the types of kids that we want in our program.
MSU had a chance in the closing seconds of regulation but could not convert.
UConn's first lead didn't come until almost three minutes into the third quarter, 39-38, following a 3-pointer by Kia Nurse.
Victoria Vivians led the Bulldogs with 19 points but fouled out with 3:57 left in overtime. Mississippi State responded with the next four points for a 60-59 lead after a 3-pointer by Vivians with 64 seconds left.
Down 29-20 at halftime, SC went ahead to stay with 13 straight points in the third quarter. The Huskies cut the deficit to 15-13 only to have the Bulldogs go on a 14-0 run that stretched into the second quarter.
Auriemma confessed that he thought this experience would have come for his team already, based on the departure of last year's senior class of Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck, who were the top three picks in the 2016 WNBA draft. The Bulldogs regained their composure and things stayed tight the rest of the way. Remarkably, for the sixth consecutive time, Geno Auriemma's team lost an overtime game.
Stanford (32-6) took a big hit when Samuelson hurt her right ankle about five minutes before halftime, after the Pac-12 Cardinal had built an eight-point lead with a 13-1 run.
That was the only assist for Harris, who finished with 10 points.
The Bulldogs tallied 37 total rebounds on the night as opposed to the Huskies 31.
The Bulldogs took a big blow early in the extra period when Vivians (19 points) fouled out.
Gray had a big second half and led the Gamecocks with 18 points against Stanford, and Davis will be looking to bounce back from a 2-of-15 shooting night in the Final Four debut for both guards.