Written by Adrian Beecher
Dallas, TX - A’Ja Wilson’s double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds helped lead here South Carolina Gamecocks to a 67-55 National Title win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs. After the game, Wilson was named the most outstanding player in the tournament. Early on the Bulldogs controlled the game, then in the 2nd quarter South Carolina really took over. Here’s how it all went down.
Mississippi State won the tipoff and quickly got to work with a triple from Victoria Vivians. The first basket of the night for the Gamecocks came on a free throw from Tyasha Harris as she hit 1 of two. Back at the other end of the floor, Vivian added a jumper and then McCowan followed it up with a layup to make it 7-1 Bulldogs with 7:45 left in the 1st quarter.
The Gamecocks would then get their first field goal of the game with a bucket from A'Ja Wilson to start a 6-0 run as the Gamecocks tied the game up at 7 with 5:47 left in the quarter. Domonique Dillingham would get in a basket from the Bulldogs to end the run and regain the lead. They would push that lead back to 4 points before the Gamecocks tied it all up at 12 points with 3:01 left in the quarter on a layup by Allisha Gray.
The Gamecocks took their first lead of the game shortly after and added to it with free throws from Gray as the 1st quarter came to an end with the Gamecocks on a 6-0 run leading 18-14.
The run continued for South Carolina into the 2nd quarter with Gray hitting a layup and getting fouled. She connected on the free throw to give the Gamecocks a 21-14 lead on Mississippi State. The 9-0 by USC run was ended by Bulldogs point guard Morgan William on a layup with 7:41 left in the half. But this didn’t slow down the Gamecocks as they extended their lead to 9 points as the Bulldogs were forced to call a timeout to try and find a way to end the 11-2 run by South Carolina.
Out of the timeout, Mississippi State turned the ball over. However, they were able to force USC into a turnover as well and get to the free throw line. Morgan William put both in to make it just a 7 point deficit with 5:36 left in the half. Shortly after though, another 6-0 run from the Gamecocks would make it 31-18 South Carolina with 3:39 left in the half.
Quick baskets from Dillingham and Chinwe Okorie for Mississippi State cut the deficit to just 9 with 2:15 left. The rest of the half was back and fourth, with the Gamecocks heading into the locker room at the half with a 36-26 lead. Halfway through it was Allisha Gray and A’Ja Wilson leading the way for the Gamecocks with 11 points each. For the Bulldogs, it was Victoria Vivians leading the way with 7 points.
In the second half, the Bulldogs got the scoring started with 2 free throws from Vivians. Then back-to-back buckets from South Carolina made it a 12-point game with 8:36 left in the 3rd quarter. Shortly after, two free throws from A’Ja Wilson made it a 14 point lead for South Carolina, their biggest lead of the game to this point. The Bulldogs would answer with a triple from Dillingham to cut the deficit to 11.
However, after a bucket and a made free throw from Harris, the Gamecocks were back on top by 14 with 5:39 left to play. Then a short little 5-0 run for the Bulldogs cut the lead to 9 before the under 5-minute timeout in the 3rd quarter. Out of the timeout, William got a steal and a quick bucket for the Bulldogs. Then another turnover for South Carolina resulted in a jumper from Ketara Chapel to cut it to just 5 points with 3:37 left in the quarter.
After nearly 4 minutes without a field goal, South Carolina’s Allisha Gray was able to put in a layup, ending what was an 8-0 run for Mississippi State. Shortly after, the Bulldogs were able to cut the deficit to just 4 points on a set of free throws from McCowan. Then it was USC putting in two baskets before the end of the 3rd quarter, including a buzzer-beater from Kalea Davis to make it 52-44 with the Gamecocks on top with only one quarter remaining to determine a National Champion.
Getting the scoring started in the second half was the Bulldogs with a bucket from McCowan that cut it to 6. Then a quickly followed bucket from South Carolina pushed it right back to 8. After some stout defensive play, Mississippi State was able to get in tow free throws and a bucket to cut it to a 4 point game with just 6:52 left to play.
Gray and Wilson had been the key all day for the Gamecocks, and they showed up once again with back to back bucket’s to once again push their lead back to 8 points. This forced the Bulldogs to take a timeout with just 4:47 left to play. Out of the timeout, it was Breanna Richardson putting in the quick basket for Mississippi State to make it a 6-point game. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs after their score, the Gamecocks opened up an 8-0 run that made it 66-52 South Carolina with just 1:29 left to play.
That would be more that enough to seal the deal in the end. The Bulldogs would only add three points before the final buzzer, and when that buzzer sounded it was official, the South Carolina Gamecocks are the 2017 Women’s NCAA Basketball Champion’s with a 67-55 victory.
Written by Adrian Beecher
Dallas, TX- Morgan William drained the buzzer beater for Mississippi State in overtime to shock the UConn Huskies 66-64, ending their 111 game winning streak and earning the Bulldogs a spot in the 2017 NCAA Women's Basketball National Title game. It was an all-around team win for the Bulldogs, who had four players with double digits in points and the did it while leading most of the way. Here is how it all went down.
The Huskies won the tipoff to start the game, but it was Mississippi State Breanna Richardson picking up a steal for the Bulldogs. This set the tone early on as State opened up the scoring with a triple on their second possession coming from Victoria Vivians. The Huskies would get on the board on their ensuing possession with two free throws coming from Gabby Williams. Then it was State back to work with Teaira McCowan corralling an offensive rebound and putting it back up for a layup to make it 5-2 Bulldogs with 8:23 left in the quarter.
A triple from Katie Lou Samuelson would tie the game up at 5 for UConn. Then stout defense for the Bulldogs and a triple from Roshunda Johnson would allow Mississippi State to take an early 10-5 lead. A layup and an and-one from William cut the Huskies deficit to just 2 points. After that the Huskies went 2 and a half minutes without scoring, allowing the Bulldogs to take a 7 point lead with 3:58 left to play in the 1st quarter.
With a jumper from Williams and a triple from Napheesa Collier for UConn, once again it became just a 2-point game. Then it was the Bulldogs going on a 7-0 run to end the 1st quarter as they took a 22-13 lead on the Huskies. During the first quarter, Mississippi State tallied 8 offensive rebounds that led to 10-second chance points.
As the second quarter got under way, the Bulldogs did not let off the gas as Chinwe Okoire hit a jumper to start the scoring, as well as a 7-0 run. This 14-0 run, dating back to the 1st quarter, put the Bulldogs up by 16 with 7:36 left to play. Then it was UConn’s turn to go on a run, and what a run it was. It all started with a layup from Samuelson, sparking a 12-0 run by the Huskies to cut the deficit to just 4 with 3:44 left in the half.
Vivians would finally end the run, hitting a jumper with 3:21 left to play to start a 7-1 run for the Bulldogs as they pushed their lead back to 10 points with 1:37 left in the half. Mississippi State would not score the rest of the half and the Huskies would hit two free throws down the stretch to make it an 8-point deficit at the half.
Halfway through it was Victoria Vivians leading the charge for the Bulldogs with 12 points. For The Huskies, it was Gabby Williams who tallied 11 first half points. UConn had the advantage in field goal percentage, shooting 44% from the field in the first half, to the Bulldogs 36%. The factor early on, offensive rebounds, with Mississippi State outrebounding the Huskies 21-11, and 10 of those rebounds for MSU were offensive. UConn had just 1 offensive rebound.
The second half started off well for the Bulldogs as Richardson put in a layup to push their lead to 10 points. However, UConn’s second half started a tad bit better, to say the least. Their first three shots of the second half went in, including a triple from Samuelson to cut the deficit to just 3 points for the Huskies. After one free throw from Vivians dropped for MSU, UConn added yet another triple, this time from Kia Nurse. A jumper followed that up from Collier to mark a 12-3 run for UConn to open the 2nd half as they regained the lead at 40-39 with 6:14 left in the 3rd.
After the Bulldogs had tied the game back up at 40 points, UConn got back on top with a free throw from Collier. That is when things started heating up for real as both teams spent the rest of the 3rd quarter trading leads. First, it was Morgan William driving into the lane and putting the ball up for a little kiss off the glass to make it 42-41 Bulldogs. Then down at the other end of the floor, it was Nurse draining a triple for the Huskies to give them the 44-42 lead with 3:38 left to play.
Another drive to the basket for William tied this one up at 44 all. After that it was McCowan hitting a jumper to put the Bulldogs back on top 46-44. The Huskies quickly tied the game back up before Mississippi State’s Ketara Chapel hit her first basket of the game off the bench to put the Bulldogs back on top. As the 3rd quarter came to a close UConn was able to tie it up at 48 all, setting the stage for an epic ending as the two teams fought for a spot in the Title game.
The 4th quarter started out in a defensive battle with the first basket of the 2nd quarter not coming until 8:05 was left on the clock as Morgan William once again went to work inside the paint to make it 50-48 for Mississippi State. UConn was able to get their first points of the 4th quarter on two free throws from Gabby Williams to tie the game back up at 50 with 6:35 left to play.
A jumper from McCowan would put the Bulldogs up 52-50 before Williams tied the game up at 52 for the Huskies. After that Mississippi State had given themselves a small cushion with back-to-back baskets to take a 56-52 lead that forced the Huskies to call timeout with 3:52 left to play.
After an extended break due to an additional media timeout, the Huskies answered the call as Samuelson hit a triple to cut it to just a 1-point deficit. Then with 2:42 left in the game, Saniya Chong got to the free throw line and hit both to give UConn a 57-56 lead. Off the inbound, William turned the ball over to UConn, and Gabby Williams put it in quickly for the Huskies to make it 59-56 UConn with just 2:30 left to play.
As the shot clock winded down for Mississippi State, Vivians was fouled and went to the line, but only made one free throw. This made it 59-57 with just 2 minutes left to play. Then after a timeout from Mississippi State, Vivians hit a triple to put the Bulldogs back on top 60-59 with 1:14 left to play. As time winded down, UConn was able to get to the free throw line. However, Collier was only able to make one of two. This tied things up at 60 with 27 seconds left and gave the Bulldogs a chance at the last shot to win the game. As Morgan William drove into the lane, her last-second shot was blocked by Gabby Williams, which sent the game to overtime as time expired with the score knotted at 60.
In overtime, the Huskies won the tip but were unable to score on the opening possession, as was the case for the Bulldogs. Then on the other end, for the Huskies, Williams got two shots at the line and missed them both as the game stayed tied at 60 with 3:56 left in the overtime.
Mississippi State was fouled on their next possession and Richardson hit both of her free throws to make it 62-60 State with just 3:36 left to play in overtime. After 2 minutes with no scores, it was UConn’s Samuelson hitting the jumper from the left side to tie the game up at 62 with 1:35 left to play. Answering right back for the Bulldogs was McCowan, hitting a layup with just 1:12 left to play. After failed possessions by both teams, UConn had the ball set to inbound with 26.6 left to play trailing by 2.
During the timeout, the officials gathered around a monitor to review a possible foul on MSU, and it was later determined to be a flagrant 1 foul on Dominique Dillingham. This sent Katie Lou Samuelson to the line for the Huskies shooting two, and she drained them both. This tied the game up and gave the Huskies possession with just 26.6 seconds left to play and a chance to take the lead.
Unfortunately for UConn, Saniya Chong turned the ball over, and Mississippi State called timeout after getting the ball to the frontcourt. Out of the timeout, the ball was given to Morgan William for the Bulldogs. As the final seconds ticked down, William put up a 10-foot jumper that sank to the bottom of the net as the final buzzer sounded to give the Bulldogs a 66-64 win over the UConn Huskies punching their ticket to the 2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship game.
Mississippi State moves on to face the South Carolina Gamecocks who have already beaten the Bulldogs twice this season. They will face off for the Title on Sunday, April 2nd at 5 pm CT on ESPN. This will mark the first time since 2008 that a SEC team has won the Women’s Basketball National Title, that teams being Tennessee.
Written by Adrian Beecher
Dallas, TX - A’Ja Wilson’s double-double on 13 points and 19 rebounds helped lead the South Carolina Gamecocks to a 62-53 win over Stanford in game one of the 2017 Women’s Final Four. South Carolina started out with an early lead before falling behind by 10 point’s, forcing them to make a comeback. Here’s how it all went down.
South Carolina won the tipoff, but it was The Cardinal getting the first basket of the game coming from Forward Erica McCall. Then answering at the other end of the floor for the Gamecocks was Tyasha Harris with a triple. This was the start of a 7-0 run by South Carolina to make it 7-2 with 7:42 left in the first quarter.
Then it was McCall again for Stanford putting in a basket to end the South Carolina run. This marked the start of an 8-2 run for The Cardinal as they regained the lead at 10-9 with 2:53 left in the quarter. A triple from Allisha Gray gave the lead back to the Gamecocks, one in which they would maintain through the end of the 1st quarter. At the end of the quarter, Gamecocks were on top 14-12.
In the 2nd quarter, the Cardinal started to heat up as McCall got them going with a jumper to start a 7-0 run that put them up 21-14 with 6:22 left in the half. The Gamecocks did not get their first basket of the 2nd quarter until there was just 4:07 left on the clock as A’Ja Wilson put in a layup to cut the deficit to just 6.
After some exchanges of baskets, Stanford took their largest lead of the game at 10 points on a layup from Brittany Mcphee with 1:34 left in the half. South Carolina’s Doniyah Cliney hit a free throw before the half to make it a 9-point deficit. At the half Stanford led 29-20 with Erica McCall (10) and Marta Sniezek (8) leading the charge for The Cardinal with a combined 18 points.
As the 2nd half got under way, it would be South Carolina getting the first basket of the half on a jumper from Allisha Gray, cutting their deficit to 7. Then it was Wilson adding a jumper to cut it to just a 5 point game. As the stakes got higher between the two title contenders, slowly and surely the Gamecocks clawed their way back into this one. In fact with 3:31 left on the clock, Bianca Cuevas-Moore hit a triple to give the Gamecocks a 35-33 lead. Shortly after Cliney put in a layup with 2:43 left to play in the 3rd quarter, capping off a 17-4 run to open the second half.
After a timeout by The Cardinal to slow things down a bit, the Gamecocks kept the pedal to the metal as the defense came up with another stop and Cuevas-Moore put in a layup to make it 39-33 with South Carolina on top and just 1:44 left in the 3rd. The Cardinal was able to cut their deficit to just 2 points before Mikiah Herbert Harrigan put in a basket just before the buzzer to make it a four-point lead for the Gamecocks at the end of 3.
The Gamecocks got the first basket of the 4th quarter to push their lead back to 6 on a jumper from Gray. Refusing to let up, The Cardinal quickly cut it to a point game with 6:49 left to play. Then South Carolina once again started to slowly pull away from The Cardinal with 2 back to back buckets to get their lead up to 7. After trading buckets over the next two minutes, South Carolina had taken an 8 point lead with just 4:13 left to play.
Alanna Smith then hit a jumper and a triple to cut the Gamecocks lead to just 3 points with 2:08 left to play. However, after that, The Cardinal struggled to get the ball in the basket and with just 56 seconds left the Gamecocks lead had increased to 8 points once again. Another triple from Smith cut it down to a 5-point deficit with 29 seconds on the clock. However, that would be the final time Stanford would score as the Gamecocks sealed the deal shooting 4 of 6 from the free throw line in final seconds.
With the win, the Gamecocks clinched a berth in the 2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game to be played on April 2nd against the winner of UConn and Mississippi State.
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