Mississippi State, South Carolina Set To Square Off In Women's NCAA Championship
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 5:55
The new Major League Baseball season has started, with three games that include the World Series champion Chicago Cubs playing at St. Louis. SC didn't even attempt a three-pointer until late in the second quarter.
"I really can't even put into words the feeling of how much it meant to win this game for Coach", Wilson said. Always defense with the Gamecocks, who, in the two games against Mississippi State this season, held Bulldogs top scorer Vivians under her season average.
Last season, before Mississippi State faced CT in the Sweet 16, Schaefer said he watched the film "Miracle", about the 1980 US hockey team that famously defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union in the semifinals of the Olympic Games before going on to a gold medal. But in fact, height also is one of the reasons Mississippi State is playing for the championship. They combined for baskets on back-to-back possessions in the middle of the fourth to restore an eight-point Gamecocks lead with 4:56 remaining, and Mississippi State never got back within six points. A'ja Wilson leads SC with 15 points, and Allisha Gray has 14.
The capital city will celebrate South Carolina's national champion women's basketball team with a parade down Main Street.
The Gamecocks trailed by two before they went on a 19-4 run to take control.
"We talked about it in the locker room, that there is one more", Schaefer said during his postgame press conference late Friday night. She also led the Gamecocks to the national semifinals two years ago before losing to Notre Dame.
Allisha Gray scored 6 points and Bianca Cuevas-Moore had 3 while shadowing Bulldogs guard Morgan William, who ended UConn's 111-game winning streak with a buzzer-beating jumper in overtime in the semifinals. Although what was probably the most awesome stat of the night was that SC pulled all of this off without making a single three-pointer.
With a 67-55 win over Mississippi State, a fellow member of the SEC, Dawn Staley became the second African-American coach to win a title since the NCAA began sponsoring a women's basketball tournament in 1982. But the 5-foot-5 junior guard struggled getting into the flow in the finale, and admitted that the Bulldogs were exhausted. "Back then it wasn't a very popular thing choose our school because we hadn't been to the Final Four". The Bulldogs are playing SC for the title. How she battles Mississippi State's "bigs" could play a big role in the game's outcome. Again, you have to take your hats off to SC and Dawn Staley for a tremendous effort today.