The women's Final Four single-game record for rebounds is 23 by North Carolina's Charlotte Smith in 1994's championship game. "It's just wonderful", said Manning, who spoke with me Saturday afternoon by phone from Dallas. They had an incredible run. During the streak, they played in just three games that were decided by single-digits.
"I think Morgan might have Dak beat right now", teammate Dominique Dillingham said. I got in the space, I jumped up, I made the shot. She talks, she makes big shots.
But it's not like Geno Auriemma will come back empty-handed. There wasn't much else he could do, another title suddenly beyond his grasp. "We beat the greatest team with the greatest streak in the history of sports". That loss was remarkably similar to this one as it was also a two-point defeat in overtime to a team that was ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll. "Maybe we just weren't ready for this".
UConn's historic run is over.
Vic Schaefer is too good of a coach to let his players forget that there is still a job to do after the euphoria of beating UConn. I mean, they beat us. As Schaefer said of her, "We probably need to remeasure her because she ain't the five in the second part of that". The final hour of March featured not just the biggest moment in Mississippi State history but one of the legendary tales in the NCAA Women's Tournament. I'm proud of our kids.
The Bulldogs led by as many at 16 points in the first half and saw UConn rally to take the lead in the third quarter. William had a chance to win it in regulation, but UConn's Gabby Williams blocked her shot.
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Melissa Payne Cochran is in the hospital with a broken leg, rib and a cut on her head but will recover from her injuries. Another 30 people were injured. "Their last two weeks here were awesome for the two of them, it was ideal ", she added.
The Huskies hadn't lost in 865 days, with that defeat coming to Stanford on November 17, 2014. The game was insane fun to watch with Mississippi State taking the lead into half-time but as usual UConn came storming back in the third quarter. The game was tied at 50-50 and 52-52 in the fourth quarter before the Bulldogs led 56-52 on baskets by Chinwe Okorie and Vivians.
Morgan William and the Mississippi State Bulldogs just took down the titan of college basketball. The Bulldogs led 15-13 before scoring 14 straight points. That was just the second time all season, and the fourth time in the Huskies' lengthy winning streak, that the team had trailed at the half.
Trailing 29-13, the Huskies scored the next 12 points to get within 29-25 on a Saniya Chong 3-pointer with 3:46 left in the half. Mississippi State had one chance left, and Morgan William took advantage.
These two teams played last season in the NCAA tournament and UConn won by 60. That was the last OT game in the national semifinals.
In the final minute of overtime, Uconn was down 2. The game will follow the other semifinal matchup featuring Stanford and SC.
"When you come into a program like this, there's going to be pressure", said Kia Nurse, who started on the past two title games. The Cardinal led early, but struggled after star Karlie Samuelson sprained her ankle.