Bulldogs turn to title game after stunning win
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 16:45
The Huskies hadn't lost in 865 days, with that defeat coming to Stanford in overtime on November 17, 2014. They were taking it to CT. Collins also had six blocks. The victor of this game will win its first-ever national championship as a program.
Plus, there's a former Seminole coach at Mississippi State. With just under four seconds remaining, she passed the ball to William. First, it was Morgan William driving into the lane and putting the ball up for a little kiss off the glass to make it 42-41 Bulldogs.
"We had been practicing it all year and we always want to foul under 6 (seconds). I guess I got hot". "Josh Perkins did a job being really patient and not fouling on the shot". The SEC foes will square off for the third time this season with the biggest prize of all in the balance, the NCAA National Championship. We got our tail handed to us. "I ought to know", Schaefer said.
It may have been the biggest bracket buster of the season. "Now we're 40 minutes from a championship".
Still, South Carolina wasn't done. The Huskies won the tipoff to start the game, but it was Mississippi State Breanna Richardson picking up a steal for the Bulldogs. I'm still in shock right now.
"It was very, very disjointed, that whole first half", Auriemma said.
"You can't go into the game thinking you can just do the same old things", SC head coach Dawn Staley said. They were still a force on the offensive glass with 28 offensive rebounds in two games, including 19 on January 23, yet it wasn't enough for a win in either matchup. 2, 3 and 4 seeds in the East region.
So, the Women's Final Four.
The Hall of Fame announced the 11-person class Saturday. The last time they lost in the NCAA tournament was 2012. He had his best years with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets before injuries limited his effectiveness. After sputtering on offense in the SEC final against SC, the ladies of Starkville were left to sort themselves out headed into the NCAA tournament.
They will be next season.
Others in the class include Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw, Texas high school coach Robert Hughes, former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt, Harlem Globetrotters player, owner and CEO Mannie Jackson, former Globetrotters player Zack Clayton, former European star Nikos Galis and former National Basketball Association and ABA star George McGinnis.
"I wasn't hired to bring you a top-25 basketball team, I was hired to bring you a top-10 basketball program", Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer said. They will be playing the National title on Sunday night against the SC gamecocks.
Lily Edeen, a freshman from Wallingford, said if fans know when the team's bus will arrive, they probably will be there to greet them. She was tuned into ESPN2, where the women's basketball team from Mississippi State was about to pull off a historic victory.
"They were really aggressive", Collier said. We're joined now by the distinguished sports impresario who told us two weeks ago this would never happen, NPR's Tom Goldman. We haven't lost in a while, but I understand it.
William and the MSU Bulldogs will now face the South Carolina Gamecocks in an all-SEC national championship game.
Morgan William, who starred at Birmingham's Shades Valley High School, hit the game-winning jump shot at the buzzer to secure the 66-64 stunner. "We talked about that with our kids". "It's not going to be about who's better; it's going to come down to who makes plays, because we know each other in and out".
Mississippi State led 64-62 before a replay review gave Katie Lou Samuelson the two free throws that tied the game. But we knew they were going to make a run, so you have to try to minimize that run. But it won't be hard for me to get my team's attention.
Mississippi State guard Morgan William (2) is hugged by CT head coach Geno Auriemma, center, after their NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the women's Final Four, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Dallas.
William, a 5-foot-5 junior from Birmingham, Alabama, actually had a chance to win the game in regulation as well, but her last-second layup was blocked by UConn's Gabby Williams (21 points, eight rebounds, four blocks) to set up the extra session.
"I think what we did last night, it gives people hope". "We weren't ready for it, and it put us on our heels".
Reminiscing back to her college days with the Bearkats, Vasquez recalled what it was like to play for Schaefer, who has a 124-49 record in five seasons at MSU. Maryland beat Duke in an ACC showdown in 2006 and UConn routed Louisville in 2009 and 2013 when both were still in the Big East. Louisiana Tech accomplished the same feat a year later.
Yet, if one believes in the impossibility of three wins over one team in a season, he or she sees that the Bulldogs have the advantage. The next weekend, SC took down #12 seed Quinnipiac and #3 seed Florida State. The rematch was in the SEC tournament final at the start of March. It was a performance that she learned from instead of sulking and the Bulldogs are the better for it. "She's going to have it rough when she gets back" to Starkville.