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South Carolina Wins 1st-Ever NCAA Women’s Championship over Mississippi St

Staley coached a University of SC to a initial women’s basketball inhabitant pretension Sunday with a 67-55 win opposite Mississippi State.

SC manager Dawn Staley cuts down a net as she and a group applaud their win over Mississippi State in a final of NCAA women’s Final Four college basketball tournament, Sunday, Apr 2, 2017, in Dallas. Then in a SEC Tournament championship diversion on Mar 5, a Gamecocks overcame a five-point necessity in a fourth entertain and won 59-49.

The All-SEC championship diversion brought commissioner Greg Sankey to Dallas, a day after he was in Phoenix for a South Carolina-Gonzaga men’s game.

SC reached a Final Four in both men’s and women’s basketball, imprinting only a 13th time in NCAA story and a third time in SEC record books that a module has achieved that feat.

“I’ve got options now”. The pretension was also a initial for manager Dawn Staley, who played on inhabitant runner-up Virginia in 1991 (Tennessee). “Happy a difference came loyal to them”.

The Gamecocks reached a championship diversion after defeating Stanford 6253 on Friday night. After removing off to a discerning 7-1 lead, a Bulldogs offense stagnated.

SC was paced by SEC Player of a Year, A’ja Wilson, who finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

“I only knew we indispensable to make an impact on a game”, Wilson said.

“Of march it only creates it 10 times harder”.

Williams-Goss missed a shot with 12.7 seconds left and SC rebounded and called a timeout trailing 75-72. The initial basket came pleasantness of Wilson’s shot from tighten range, and youth ensure Kaela Davis kick a third-quarter buzzer with a midrange jumper that swished by as time expired. The Gamecocks used a large second entertain run to take a double number lead, and afterwards a Bulldogs done a run in a third entertain to put a diversion in a balance.

Vivians finished a diversion with 12 points for a Bulldogs.

Earlier, South Carolina claimed a largest lead of a initial half following 6 true points on margin goals by 3 players, a final of that was Harris’s pushing layup.

Schaefer pronounced that he suspicion his group lacked appetite and that was one reason because William was not on a justice in a final entertain until there was 43 seconds left and MSU emptied a dais to send-off seniors. Jazzmun Holmes, a sophomore, played a change of a mins during a point, and had 6 points in 17 minutes.

What’s being called a biggest dissapoint in a story of women’s college basketball delivered considerable TV ratings and was, according to ESPN, a most-streamed Women’s Final Four diversion ever, formed on sum viewers. SC will play Mississippi State on Sunday in a NCAA Championship game. It was Connecticut’s initial detriment given Nov 17, 2014.

ESPN.com women’s basketball author Mechelle Voepel says Vivians was a partisan conduct manager Vic Schaefer followed a hardest when he took over a module in 2012.

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Playing to a nearby full-house of approximately 19,000 with copiousness of maroon and garnet inside AAC, a SEC has a good illustration of a fan base, that is always a case, regardless of what competition it is, generally when a inhabitant championship is on a line. We’ve been perplexing to scarcely play catch-up given then.

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