Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

'Itty Bitty' guard big in Bulldogs lore after UConn shocker

'Itty Bitty' guard big in Bulldogs lore after UConn shocker

SC poses a problem for Mississippi State, as they have successfully stopped the Bulldogs' success in previous meets this season.

Staley joined Peck as the only African-American coaches to win an NCAA women's basketball championship Sunday night when SC beat Mississippi State 67-55.

The Huskies (36-1) entered the taut, thrilling game - one full of runs and lead changes and suspense - with a ideal record but were not a flawless team.

First, they went through the SEC, the conference that sent the most teams to the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks outscored Stanford by 18 points in the second half of the Final Four en route to a 62-53 win. The Bulldogs have already knocked off top-seed Baylor and shocked No. 1 UConn to get to the championship game.

Now South Carolina has to make sure the 5-foot-5 junior doesn't do it again in Sunday's final while trying to go 3 for 3 against the Bulldogs this season.

The Bulldogs had won their first 20 games of the season, but SC rallied in the second half when Allisha Gray had 16 of her 17 points.

The Gamecocks are in the second Final Four in three seasons.

Mississippi State (34-4) enters the game after snapping the Huskies' record 111-game winning streak and looking to snap a 10-game losing skid to the Gamecocks.

Victoria Vivians has 12 points and Dominique Dillingham 11 for the Bulldogs. Mississippi State dropped a game in SC in the regular season as well as the SEC Tournament title game.

"You stare at the goal for a minute and you're like, 'did that really just go in?'" Dillingham said. But I think if you polled every reporter here who is covering this tournament if they thought that Mississippi State was actually going to win, I think they all would say no way. The national championship gives teams like Mississippi State a chance to redeem themselves and learn from their mistakes from the season.

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One of the most accomplished women's basketball players in the history of the game, Staley has done it all - except win an NCAA title. SC went into the fourth quarter down 45-40, but Davis began the comeback with a 3-pointer and Wilson scored the next five points to put SC up for good. It was a three pointer with just about four minutes left in the fourth quarter that kept Stanford at arm's length and put SC in its first-ever national championship game.

The Connecticut women's basketball powerhouse will not win a fifth straight NCAA title, but the empire might not be dead. The way it happened, it was just a phenomenal game of women's basketball. McCowan said if she can enhance the same techniques as the championship game, she can hold Wilson off and help Mississippi State past SC. Mississippi State will play SC on Sunday in the championship game.

The players present were Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, Tamika Catchings and Lindsay Whalen. They played a zone press. She left her high school as a state champion when the Lady Huskies won the 6A crown in 2014. "It really means something special to bring this back home for such a great person like coach Staley". Morgan William, who had become the face of the tournament with the game-winner against the Huskies after a 41-point effort against Baylor, was held to eight.

"Am I surprised that Mississippi State won?" It wasn't Mississippi State's tallest player who impacted the game.

Sunday night, in front of a sold-out crowd at American Airlines Center, two teams - Mississippi State and SEC compatriot SC - will do battle for the NCAA title. "We just got the upper hand on that one". Another wasn't selling for less than $700. "But I promise you it'll be a lot better tomorrow when we win".

Mississippi State is missing a famous fan in pursuit of the school's first championship in women's basketball.

However, when you take into account that top seed was CT, a four-time defending national champion that was riding an NCAA record 111-game winning streak, then that victory suddenly seems to have much more meaning.

They will be next season.

Morgan William's game-winning shot against UConn had thousands of people shouting on Friday night.

She's even picked up a new nickname, "Itty Bitty", which she said was first pinned on her by former Georgia coach-turned- TV analyst Andy Landers.

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