SC wins first national title, beats Miss St 67-55

If something is a goal of yours to accomplish, you don't give up on it. It's what national champions do. In the championship title game, the All-American and SEC Player of the Year recorded 23 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two steals.

MSU also came close to winning a national title in baseball four years ago. The victor of this game will win its first-ever national championship as a program. Those were things that I held dear and near to me growing up.

Then there is SC, which beat Stanford 6253. She was thrilled to help Staley get her first title. "It should be exciting to go with this group of girls", Wilson said. "She's put in so much time and sweat into this". He was on the court for the presentation two nights after his four-time champion Huskies had their 111-game winning streak ended by Mississippi State. The Bulldogs couldn't muster the same effort against the Gamecocks.

The Bulldogs couldn't solve SC, falling to the Gamecocks for the third time this season. Wilson among the most devastated Gamecocks players two years ago when SC lost in the Final Four, and is now the most grateful to have a shot at winning the school's first championship.

But South Carolina held William to eight points. Staley emptied her bench with less than a minute left and Wilson left with tears of joy. The school is just the 13th to have both teams reach the Final Four in the same season.

The Bulldogs trailed by double digits and at halftime for the first time in the NCAA Tournament. She didn't even travel with the team to Dallas. "We got you a ring", Staley said of Coates. But in fact, height also is one of the reasons Mississippi State is playing for the championship.

It was the third loss for the Bulldogs against the Gamecocks this season.

SC has weathered an early surge from crowd favorite Mississippi State to take an 18-14 lead after one quarter of the NCAA women's championship game Sunday night.

But while MS state has the talent, heart and a sudden national following, the Bulldogs face an extremely tough opponent in SC. "Today was no different".

"To make it this far and not finish it off, that would be tough", Bulldogs point guard Morgan William told the Washington Post yesterday.

But as the Bulldogs showed Friday, they are a talented, driven group that has every reason to believe the sports adage that it's hard to beat a team three times. Tennessee did it in 1987 and Louisiana Tech accomplished the same feat a year later. Will it be the top-seeded Gamecocks? Tennessee won both of those matchups, the last coming in 1996 when the Lady Vols beat Georgia.

  • Julie Sanders