Final Four preview: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 7 SC

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While Collins and Karnowski helped Gonzaga outrebound SC 41-36, Nigel Williams-Goss grabbed five boards of his own while scoring a game-high 23 points.

"He told me before the game, "I wouldn't want to be playing against me today, '" said Williams-Goss, Collins" roommate. "Back then it wasn't a very popular thing choose our school because we hadn't been to the Final Four".

SC guard Allisha Gray (10) and teammates celebrate during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Stanford in the semifinals of the women's Final Four, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Dallas.

The victor of the game will face the victor of North Carolina and OR in Monday's national championship game. The Ducks are 20-17 with the under this season, hitting it in their last two games despite going 6-3 with the over in their last nine.

VanDerveer added, "I'd also like to congratulate our team on a great season". In the first half, five Gonzaga players had at least six points in the game.

Instead of Geno Auriemma going for a fifth straight title and 12th overall with UConn, it'll be a pair of first-time coaches in South Carolina's Dawn Staley and Mississippi State's Vic Schaefer.

The Final Four of the NCAA tournament begins Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. "The journey we've been on has just been unreal, and we just never stopped believing and we've had the utmost confidence in ourselves the entire season long". "They were Cinderella and all that pretty stuff in '97".

The Gamecocks, who had trained in three of their previous four NCAA tournament games at the break, only got one field goal from Sindarius Thornwell.

"The rim protection that we have this year is different than anything we've been able to put out there", Bulldogs coach Mark Few said. "But [Josh Perkins] went out and grabbed him before he was in the shooting motion and as it turned out you couldn't be any better, you know?" Thornwell made the first free throw and missed the second on goal in hopes of his teammates grabbing an offensive rebound.

Stanford (32-6) took a big hit when Samuelson hurt her right ankle with about 4 1/2 minutes before halftime, after the Cardinal had taken an eight-point lead with a 13-1 run. Gonzaga, which is 21-7-2 against the spread across its last 30 games, has had an unfailing edge in low-post size with C Przemek Karnowski and C Zach Collins. That's why it wasn't a shock to see the Gamecocks go on a 16-0 run after Gonzaga built a 14-point advantage midway through the second half.

Collins picked up the slack while Karnowski was out and again down the stretch after SC keyed on Williams-Goss, scoring inside, swatting away shots on defense. "We must do a good job moving their defense so we can get easier shots". Letting who down? The game's Saturday.

"I don't know how we match up with them", USC coach Frank Martin said.

You can mention the Wilbur, Nebraska connection with OR head coach Dana Altman, but I feel like that story has been beat to death to tell you the truth. "And it took everything we had to hold them off and come back". I'm proud on how hard they fought. "So that's my fairly weak effort of showing emotion".

  • Julie Sanders