College basketball: UConn's streak ends, but Geno still smiling

William, the 5-foot, 5-inch sensation from Birmingham who hit the overtime buzzer beater Friday to end mighty UConn's 111-game winning streak, didn't play in the final quarter of Sunday's title game.

"I'll keep in contact with you", they'd say, but the followup phone call with the scholarship offer would never come.

"I guess it's great", she said hesitantly, not sounding convinced at all. "I'd much rather be playing somebody that might not know me quite as well".

Schaefer has said many times that staying at the top is harder than getting there.

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. Winning had become routine, often by routs. "You're playing for a national championship".

A jumper from McCowan would put the Bulldogs up 52-50 before Williams tied the game up at 52 for the Huskies. He turned to his bench, then went to congratulate the Bulldogs. So I just kind of shook my head. "Of course, it's going to go in".

"Normally we're a little more patient on offense", UConn basketball head coach, Geno Auriemma said. So I understand losing, believe it or not. We want the ball in you are hands. "Yes and No. Yes, because of how well UConn has been playing, but Mississippi State has been finding ways to win this whole tournament", Davis said.

The first two games between these two were peanuts compared to what's up for grabs this evening.

William said she doesn't remember her first game-winning shot - "I just remember the last one". "I live for moments like that now". "Something I wanted to do".

That memory made me realize that maybe my friend was on to something. State stunned No. 1 CT on Friday night in an instant classic that saw Morgan William nail the game-winning shot at the buzzer in overtime.

But that's what happened to William, who played just 23 minutes, with eight points and four assists, in the Bulldogs' 67-55 loss to SC in the women's NCAA final on Sunday.

SC won the only regular season game in a controversial ending in Columbia then beat the Bulldogs in the SEC Tournament final. All season long the Bulldogs had that humiliating loss on their minds. How they respond, he adds, will be the most important part of all.

Would it have been entirely unprecedented to bring home Mississippi State's first ever national championship in any sport? Yes.

On Saturday, Vic Schaefer's squad will sign autographs prior to the Maroon and White spring football game from 2-3 p.m.in the North End Zone concourse of Davis Wade Stadium. "Two great teams; competitors, tough, physical, aggressive basketball teams". "But I don't expect them to lose again any time soon".

Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs guard Morgan William, right, is mobbed by guards Blair Schaefer (1) and Dominique Dillingham (00) after making the game-winning basket in overtime against the CT in an NCAA college basketbal game in the semifinals of the women's Final Four at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Friday, March 31, 2017.

And that was even before her shot to beat UConn. Until Rebecca Lobo ran around the court in victory, UConn had chased Tennessee, eager to take down Summitt's giant.

No team has rattled the nerves of the Huskies like State did Friday.

Williams-Goss missed a shot with 12.7 seconds left and SC rebounded and called a timeout trailing 75-72. "We weren't ready for it, and it put us on our heels". "We just went out there and didn't perform", William said.

In the division title game, compared to Wilson's nine rebounds, McCowan collected 12 in the loss to the Gamecocks.

Earlier, Mississippi State had gone ahead by 10 when Richardson hit a jumper 20 seconds into the second half.

"We did a lot of incredible things this year".

The Huskies did answer with 12 straight, with the last seven from senior Saniya Chong to get it down to four. "But (Mississippi State was) just better".

Sophomores Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson played beyond their years.

"Physically, we're made for overtime", Dillingham said.

It's an all-SEC final in the Women's Final Four on Sunday. If you do the math, the Huskies have won 201 of their last 203 games.

QUARTERBACK CONNECTION: Prescott wasn't the only QB in attendance on Friday night. Kia Nurse evolved from a reliable starter to a reliable scoring threat. That grass roots work helped make American Airlines Center feel like Humphrey Coliseum West on Sunday night.

The big match-up between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and UConn brought many MSU fans to local big screens in Jackson.

  • Larry Hoffman