Mississippi State turns to title game after shocking UConn

  • Mississippi State turns to title game after shocking UConn

Mississippi State turns to title game after shocking UConn

McCowan will be tasked with defending A'Ja Wilson, whose poor shooting first half against Stanford didn't stop her from making a grand impact with her rebounding and second half defense.

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.

"[The game-winning play] wasn't originally for me", William said. They beat us. We had our chances, but they took us away from the things we wanted to do.

"I always tell my team one play doesn't cost you a game", Auriemma told the media afterward, "but a lot of times, one play will win you a game. I guess it will grow on me".

Players and coaches from both teams said the previous meetings will not mean too much for this game. Sometimes the better team's shot goes cold or the underdog's heats up at the right time, and there isn't much to do about it except try to do better next game.

Once the final buzzer sounded, Staley had a long group hug with her coaching staff and then grabbed the trophy and paraded it around the court high over her head.

"We've been beaten twice by South Carolina", Schaefer said. But as Schaefer said, "If you don't know what's in somebody's breastplate, you better be careful about evaluating".

Mississippi State (34-4) takes on SC (32-4) at 5 p.m. We experienced that probably more times than normal. Winning had become routine, often by routs. "I do have to give a shout out to Carolyn Peck, and I will return her net, thankfully". The Bulldogs couldn't muster the same effort against the Gamecocks.

Mississippi State lists its starting point guard, Morgan William, as 5 feet 5 inches (1.65m).

This would be South Carolina's first victory against Stanford, as the Gamecocks came into the game with a 5-0 losing record against the Cardinals. As soon as you walk in the room, whatever you do, whether you bench-press or squat, you see it. And for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, as well.

Mississippi State guard Morgan William (2) is lifted by Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer following their win over CT in an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the women's Final Four, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Dallas.

But that's as close as the Bulldogs could get. "If we'll play the way we typically play, we'll have a chance in the ballgame".

Before that, William and the Bulldogs (34-4) still have one more game to play.

The Bulldogs avenged a 60-point loss a year ago to CT that ended their season in 2016, what can they do now?

The Bulldogs lost twice to the Gamecocks this year, dropping a game in SC in the regular season and then in the SEC Tournament title game.

In every interview she does these days, Morgan William gets the same question: "How tall are you?" "She's got a bright future in basketball at the next level and we don't want to risk setting it back potentially with her coming here instead of rehabbing".

He didn't know how long it would take or where it would come, but he knew his team would be ready if and when they got their opportunity. "We just never got one in that first half especially". They were actually the more veteran team, with four seniors and four juniors.

Following that disappointing loss in Greenville where the Bulldog scored a season low 49 points, Schaefer elected to shake up his line up. Maybe South Carolina wins even if William plays the game's final 10 minutes. "It certainly doesn't define this team or this season". "Just wonderful. They made us proud". "We had a hard time guarding her tonight. Today was no different". "Teaira McCowan, who is listed 6'7", was a key piece of the Bulldogs' win over CT with 10 points and eight rebounds, including three on the offensive glass.

On a campus where NCAA Tournament wins are taken for granted, no students gathered to welcome home the team. Louisiana Tech accomplished the same feat a year later. She scored 41 in the win over Baylor and then hit the game-winner against CT.

All week, Schaefer and his team had played the role of the humble, aw-shucks have-nots, just lucky to be in the Final Four. The Vols won both. The Bulldogs' leading scorer Victoria Vivians had 12 points on 4 of 16 shooting.

Mississippi State's next game plan is likely to start with 6-foot-5 forward A'ja Wilson, who had 13 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks against the Cardinal.

3-Point Goals - Mississippi St. 2-12 (Richardson 0-1, Dillingham 1-2, Vivians 1-5, William 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Schaefer 0-2), SC 0-3 (Davis 0-2, Gray 0-1). SC has made it work to its advantage in the head-to-head games against Mississippi State.