Alabama native delivers one of the greatest sports upsets of all time
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 18:14
When asked in interviews how tall she is, her response is "Whatever the paper says, that's how tall I am". "That's how tall I am".
"I said, I feel like somebody's going to hit a buzzer beater to win the game", Cuevas-Moore said. Because of that ... they've been on a little bit of a mission. It's the Gamecocks' first trip to the championship game.
William followed a career-best 41-point performance in the regional final, hitting the 15-footer against the Huskies.
In a tense national semifinal matchup, a last second jumper from Mississippi State point guard Morgan William over the outstretched arm of Gabby Williams not only ended the 111-game winning streak of the Connecticut Huskies, but it put the Bulldogs in their first ever national championship game.
Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer is 0-8 against SC in five seasons. The Bulldogs took 21 more shots, forced 17 turnovers and outrebounded UConn 37-31. "That's who we wanted taking it". When William's shot went through the net, Auriemma could only smile as his players hung their heads on the bench. Davis has upped her scoring average by five points per game in the tournament as she has taken on a new role with Coates out. "We just had to play them one time, beat them one time".
"Things happen for a reason". It helps to have a veteran team (four seniors, four juniors), but these kids were incredible. "When it went in, it was nearly like, 'Of course. Of course it's going to go in.' She's been wonderful". After her shot that has seemingly been heard 'round the world, William's phone has been blown up by hundreds of texts. During the first quarter, Mississippi State tallied 8 offensive rebounds that led to 10-second chance points. "We probably wouldn't be in the situation we were in if she didn't have the last couple of months that she had". It seems to have stuck.
So who's the most popular Bulldog at the moment?
"I guess it's great", she said hesitantly, not sounding convinced at all.
"I think it's great for the game, the exposure CT got for winning 111 games, that's good for the game".
"I'm just enjoying it".
So eventually I got back to the gym.
The nickname, though, might be another matter. And then North Carolina over OR but not by much because of North Carolina's size and the fact that OR has been missing one of its top big men the entire tournament. "I don't think it really matters right now". "I guess it will grow on me". So much goes into a season like this and to beat an unbelievable opponent like the one we defeated last night is really special. How does she know that? "They do a great job, for the most part, they can stretch you and shoot it". He would not go into details, but he said they have worked on those issues in practice. "I know how to appreciate when other people win".
"They missed out on an opportunity". She has great court awareness and savvy. Which is why she is so grateful to Schaefer for giving it to her. Vic Schaefer. He got beat by 60 a year ago.
"I personally hadn't lost a game here so it is my first loss and I can't believe it happened". Whenever the big moments arrive, she finds a way to deliver. But she knows that when there's one to be taken, she wants to take it.
"Pretty much my stepdad coached me all my life, and was my high school coach".
Coaches - MSU: Vic Schaefer, 124-50 at MSU (5th year), 204-160 overall (12th year).
Following that disappointing loss in Greenville where the Bulldog scored a season low 49 points, Schaefer elected to shake up his line up.
Morgan Williams - yes, with an extraneous letter on her last name - became a trending topic on Twitter after her shot that took down the four-time defending national champion Huskies late Friday night in Dallas - after midnight on the East Coast. "You know what? When stuff like this happens, it kind of makes me shake my head and go, 'You know how many times this could have happened and it didn't happen?' The fact that it never happened, that doesn't mean I went home thinking, 'It's never going to happen.' I knew this was coming at some point".