Ring that Cowbell! Mississippi St shocks UConn in Final Four
- Author: Arturo Norris Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 9:07
"That is one heck of a basketball team, the greatest of all-time". They met in the Sweet 16 a year ago and UConn ended up beating them by 60 points, the most loop-sided victory in the tournament for the women or men. For us, because it is the championship game, we are going to approach this game as if it is the first time we've seen them. The Bulldogs, you know, they beat a very good Baylor team to get into the Final Four and have this match up with UConn, and they have a very good, very tiny point guard - 5 foot 5 inch Morgan William who scored 41 points against Baylor. We had our pride stepped on past year by another great team. "I feel for (UConn) because for me, I couldn't imagine the pressure kind of riding just with having all that on your back. I'm over here like, 'Man, I just won the game'".
"I've been praying for an end to the losing streak all season long, It's an incredible distraction and its not fair to these kids because they don't own it". "I was at that game last year.it was unbelievable". UConn had the advantage in field goal percentage, shooting 44% from the field in the first half, to the Bulldogs 36%. UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson tied the game at five with a three 29 seconds later. I got the space, I jumped up and I made the shot. We just had to go out there and play. You see, I promised that I would get a tattoo should Mississippi State do what many considered impossible, they upset UConn. "They've never sat on the bench and watched, those people have never been in the Final Four". OK, only problem was it was seven seconds too early. Sure, top recruits fall through the cracks sometimes to other schools, but UConn consistently gets the best recruits in the country. "We probably wouldn't be in the situation we were in if she didn't have the last couple of months that she had".
Not after Mississippi State 66, UConn 64. "But that's all everybody wanted to talk about all year long", head coach Geno Auriemma said. "We beat UConn, but we haven't got the ring, cut down the nets just yet". MSU will now face SC in the national championship game Sunday.
The Huskies' offense would show some life in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs, 20-12.
"I think the question isn't about is it good or bad for the game", Semrau said. The Bulldogs held a 4-point lead, 56-52 with 3:52 left to play.
One play doesn't cost you a game, but one play can win you a game. "It nearly never does.but a lot of times, you know, one play will win you a game", Geno Auriemma said.
"I guess it still counted", William said.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the final moments of the game? I really don't know.
"Somebody is going to take your spot if you don't put the work in". The Huskies didn't play efficiently in the second half which gave the Bulldogs a chance to make continuous shots.
2 straight wins in overtime for Mississippi State, the first time that has happened in the NCAA Tournament.
MSU and SC are making their first appearance in the national championship game.
When it was over, and after Williams' shot went through the net, Auriemma stood with a sheepish grin while Mississippi State's bench stormed the court. The Bulldogs lost by three on the road then had a lead before a four-point fourth quarter in the SEC tournament. As a junior at Mississippi State she's still doubted. UConn led 32-4 after the first quarter en route to a 60-point victory.
Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer takes part in a news conference at the women's Final Four college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Dallas. "One play doesn't cost you a game". "She was going to come and our medical staff intervened, and we just thought it was best that she just stay off of it".