Mississippi State makes point by ending UConn win streak

Posted April 05, 2017

Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs guard Morgan William, right, is mobbed by guards Blair Schaefer (1) and Dominique Dillingham (00) after making the game-winning basket in overtime against the CT in an NCAA college basketbal game in the semifinals of the women's Final Four at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Friday, March 31, 2017.

Mississippi State put up an incredible fight against SC, but as the fourth quarter trailed on, it was clear the team that upset UConn and Baylor had run out of gas.

Mississippi State guard Morgan William takes part in a news conference at the women's Final Four college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Dallas.

SC coach Dawn Staley is already known for keeping Life Savers sweets by the scorer's table during games to help keep her calm.

"(Mississippi State) opened the conversation about more schools, more programs, that are out there.

Mississppi State beat the UConn women's basketball team ending their 111-game winning streak.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who wildly celebrated the shot that ended UConn's record 111-game winning streak in the national semifinals, missed the Bulldogs' NCAA title game against SC on Sunday night because of a commitment he couldn't break.

During a break in the first half of the Mississippi State-South Carolina title game Sunday night, the players were introduced along with some coaches and staff members.

The Gamecocks also were happy for William, who tearfully dedicated a 41-point performance in a regional final win over Baylor to her late stepfather before the overtime stunner against the four-time defending champion Huskies.

DALLAS - Morgan William figures her new nickname "Itty Bitty" will grow on her.

And Mississippi State, they're still the underdog going into this final game on Sunday night because they've lost the last 10 times that they've played against SC.

"I live for moments like this", William said.

"I was in shock; I'm still in shock", William said after finishing with 13 points and six assists. It won't take much to get their attention. Stanford sent three players at Wilson at times during the semifinal-they beat her up pretty good-but Wilson was able to impact her team's 62-53 victory in other ways, including one of the great rebounding efforts in Final Four history.

The Huskies finish 36-1 and are 11-7 in national semifinal games. Amid the postgame celebration, the quarterback of America's Team joined William on the floor for an interview.

Schaefer and the Bulldogs are here because he's been right, repeatedly, on kids who other teams passed on.

"I'm going to say it's Morgan William", fellow guard Victoria Vivians said.

"I feel like we earned respect", William said. "We didn't let her get anything easy and get shots up that easy".

"It's a huge win, but I think in the back of our mind we know that there's one more game left", guard Dominique Dillingham said. On March 5 at the SEC tournament title game in Greenville S.C., the Gamecocks outscored the Bulldogs 19-4 in the final 10 minutes for a 59-49 victory. "We had to prove that we're a way better team than we were previous year". "They lost a game", he said. "We beat UConn, but we haven't gotten the rings, cut the nets".

Now that UConn is surprisingly out of the way, it's time for an SEC party with a pair of teams that have never played in the NCAA women's championship game.

In Oklahoma City, the attendance for the Baylor vs. Mississippi State game was 3,128 and and only 2,527 fans were in attendance for the Notre Dame - Stanford game in Lexington. They play around A'ja, who you just can't get a butt on her. SC passed the ball around and Gonzaga fouled Sindarius Thornwell with 3.5 seconds left.

JONES: Great. Thanks so much for having me.

"We've been dealing with her for three years", said Ketara Chapel.

Williams had 21 points to pace the Huskies, who came up short in their bid for their biggest NCAA Tournament comeback.

"I was taller than everybody".

"I really don't know". "But there's always next year and maybe more years after that too".

In overtime, the Huskies won the tip but were unable to score on the opening possession, as was the case for the Bulldogs. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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So the man definitely knows how to win on the biggest stage in the sport.