Aja Wilsons 23 points raise South Carolina to 67-55 win over Mississippi State and programs very first championship game
Dawn Staley lastly might raise an NCAA champion prize.
Aja Wilson scored 23 indicate assist coach Staley and South Carolina win their very first championship game with a 67-55 success over Mississippi State on Sunday night.
Staley made the Final Four 3 times as a gamer at Virginia however never ever won. She likewise led the Gamecocks to the nationwide semifinals 2 years ago prior to losing to Notre Dame.
Once the last buzzer sounded, Staley got the prize and paraded it around the court high over her head.
The success in front of a sellout crowd came one day after the Gamecocks guys basketball group lost in the Final Four in Phoenix.
Mississippi State had all the momentum on its side after a stunning win over UConn on Friday night that ended the Huskies record 111-game winning streak.
The Bulldogs couldnt muster the exact same effort versus the Gamecocks. Morgan William, who had actually ended up being the face of the competition with the game-winner versus the Huskies after a 41-point efficiency versus Baylor, was held to simply 8 points.
South Carolina (33-4) turned a 10-point halftime lead into a 45-31 benefit midway through the 3rd quarter prior to the Bulldogs rallied. Mississippi State (34-5) gradually cut into its deficit, getting with 54-50 on Jazzmun Holmes jumper. That brought a big cheer from the countless Mississippi State fans who made the 8-hour journey from Starkville, Misisipí.
But thats as close as the Bulldogs might get.
Wilson, who matured in South Carolina, obstructed a shot on one end of the court and after that struck a brief jumper in the lane that began a 12-2 gone to put the video game away. Staley cleared her bench with less then a minute left and Wilson entrusted tears of delight.
The Gamecocks won the title without star center Alaina Coates, who injured her ankle in the SEC competition. She didnt even take a trip with the group to Dallas.
Its hard losing a terrific gamer like Alaina Coates, Wilson stated. When she decreased a lot individuals most likely believed we couldnt do it.
The Bulldogs lost two times to the Gamecocks this year, dropping a video game in South Carolina in the routine season then in the SEC Tournament title video game. Mississippi State Vic Schaefer was up to 0-9 all-time versus South Carolina.
No group had a harder roadway to the champion then the second-seeded Bulldogs. They were aiming to end up being the 3rd group in NCAA history to beat 3 number No1 seeds en path to the title. Tennessee did it in 1987 and Louisiana Tech achieved the very same accomplishment a year later on. The Bulldogs had actually currently knocked off front runner Baylor and UConn to obtain to the national championship.
This was the 6th time in NCAA competition history that groups from the exact same conference bet the championship game, que consiste en 3 by the SEC. Tennessee won both of those matches, the last can be found in 1996 when the Lady Vols beat Georgia.