South Carolina captures 1st national title, tops Miss St 67-55

The result was a stunning instant classic, a riveting NCAA Final Four game that absolutely no one foresaw.

When South Carolina and Mississippi State meet at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd in Dallas, it will be the first time teams from the same conference will face each other in a women's basketball championship game since UConn and Louisville met in 2013.

William, who scored 41 points in Mississippi State's regional final victory over top-seeded Baylor, had 13 points against the Huskies.

A year after Katie Lou broke her left foot scoring the first basket of the national semifinal against Oregon State at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Karlie sprained her right ankle after stepping on SC guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore's foot with 4:38 to go in the second quarter and the Cardinal (32-6) leading by six.

"She moves really well without the ball and gets shots off so quickly", she said. "I didn't want the game to end".

All year, the number "60" had been stenciled in the window of the Bulldogs' workout room, so they wouldn't forget it. So I think head coach Geno Auriemma, like, he could see this sort of thing happening. "Just them having that confidence, it's like I have no other choice but to live up to that and deliver it for them when I'm called on".

SOUTH CAROLINA: How can we leave the national champions off the list? He pointed out that Holmes scored 14 points against DePaul in the second round of the tournament, but she came into the national title game averaging 2.6 points.

"I can't put into words how much it meant to win the game for coach", Wilson said. She had one more shot in her. Karnowski, who said he was bothered by some blurred vision, left for the last 5 minutes of the half, but Collins picked him up, finishing with 8 points at halftime. "The kid made a great play". We took that vision to SC and that vision was we'll be national champions. "But I promise you it'll be a lot better tomorrow when we win".

Sleep can come later for this bunch of Bulldogs as they have no intentions of stopping any time soon.

Self is one of six coaches to lead three different schools to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight and led the Jayhawks to a national championship in 2008. And her status will only grow if the Bulldogs win a national title.

There is nothing that says more about the unfathomable NCAA-record 111-game winning streak of the UConn women's basketball team than the fact that they turned the simple and inevitable act of losing - an act intrinsic to competitive sports - into breaking news, a basketball bulletin that was disseminated breathlessly into the empyrean of the information age. With a jumper from Williams and a triple from Napheesa Collier for UConn, once again it became just a 2-point game.

Prescott, a record-setting National Football League rookie quarterback who last season helped lead the Dallas Cowboys to the NFC East title, sat near the Mississippi State bench, emphatically cheering on his Bulldogs. Eastern time. The Bulldogs won 66-64 in overtime on William's buzzer-beater, which was one of the biggest shots in NCAA women's tournament history.

So who's the most popular Bulldog at the moment?

Wilson, who grew up in SC, blocked a shot on one end of the court and then hit a short jumper in the lane that started a 12-2 run to put away the game. Staley emptied her bench with less than a minute left and Wilson left with tears of joy. The Huskies will be back next season, older, wiser, more mature. "But if she's in a groove and she's playing as she's played over the past five games, it's going to be a long night for us". And in a way, as Davis pointed out, even though the teams are meeting for the third time, it will feel like only the second time personnel-wise. They fell to Stanford in overtime on November 17, 2014, one day after Jonas Gray (remember him?) ran for 201 yards and a franchise-record four touchdowns for the Patriots in a 42-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. "We got you a ring", Staley said of Coates. The key players were Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray, however. We get it, you're good Huskies. "It's incredible belief and discipline and can't thank them enough for choosing SC".

With McCowan's plan, the Bulldogs will have to shoot well against the Gamecocks.

Twitter drenched criticism all over Vic Schaefer for not playing Morgan William in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 67-55 loss to SC in the national title game.

"When we started October 15 to where we are today. these kids were way older than they were supposed to be", Auriemma said. "It certainly doesn't define this team or this season".

  • Larry Hoffman