Stunner! Mississippi State ends UConn's 111-game win streak in NCAA semis
- Author: Toni Ryan Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 1:13
Now here are South Carolina's and Mississippi State's women's basketball teams meeting once again - this time for the national championship.
Morgan William knocked down the game-winning two-point shot as time expired in the overtime period to send Mississippi State to the women's basketball NCAA Tournament finals with a 66-64 victory, ending UCONN's record 111-game win streak in the process.
In one of the biggest upsets in the history of organized sports, the Mississippi State Bulldogs upended top-seeded UConn in overtime with an incredible buzzer-beater by Morgan William.
UConn made both free throws and tied the game with just under 27 seconds to go.
William's shot came one game after she scored a career-high 41 points to help Mississippi State beat Baylor and advance to its first Final Four.
Four-time defending champions CT, in their 10th straight women's final four, hadn't lost a game since November 17, 2014. "For us to come off beating a great team, and not finishing it off, it'd be tough", Williams said.
But, she added, ending UConn's winning streak will mean nothing if the Bulldogs don't finish the job and win a national title on Sunday night against SEC foe SC.
"I don't have to play them 100 times".
It was a much different story Friday as Mississippi State's Vic Schaefer, who earned the "secretary of defense" nickname when he was an assistant coach at Texas A&M put together a game plan that the scrappy Bulldogs followed almost perfectly for much of the first half.
"Of course the kids in the locker room are disappointed we lost and disappointed we didn't play our regular UConn kind of game, but. you realize that they kicked our butts tonight in some really important areas".More news: Can Manchester United catch Tottenham Hotspur in second?
UConn has won the national championship the last four years. "Just having the confidence that I can make something happen, and I live for moments like that now".
It was also a sign of what UConn did for women's college basketball: It elevated everyone. If Geno Auriemma has anything to say about, this game will be the fuel for next season's march to a 12th national championship and another winning streak.
William had a chance to win the game in regulation, but her shot was blocked by Williams setting the stage for a different result when the two players' paths crossed again.
It wouldn't be until the fourth quarter that the Huskies would get back to "UConn basketball", rallying from a 16-point deficit-the team's biggest during their entire NCAA record streak-to take the lead 59-56.
"It's not weird; we knew they could get here just like we could", McCowan said of the Gamecocks. "Maybe we were ready for everything else, but maybe we're just not mature enough for this", Auriemma said.
Schaefer was part of a national championship while on coach Gary Blair's staff at Texas A&M in 2011, then became Mississippi State's head coach. The Bulldogs led 15-13 before scoring 14 straight points to go up 29-13.
First-team All-Americans Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier will be juniors.
On the ensuing possession, Saniya Chong drove to the hoop and threw up an ill-advised shot in traffic that fell harmlessly out of bounds with 12 seconds left. Donovan McNabb was also in Dallas, cheering on niece Kia Nurse, who stars for CT. Mississippi State answered and was up 36-28 at the half.
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