Mississippi State's William ready for one last battle

Mississippi State, which advanced to the Elite Eight and the Final Four for the first time in program history.

If the best predictor of future results is past performance, SC will be hoisting its first-ever national championship.

SC head coach Dawn Staley signals during the first half against Mississippi State in the final of NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Dallas. They take on SC (32-4) in a rematch of the SEC Tournament championship game - this time for the national title. In the Mississippi State weight room, there was a ever-present reminder of last year's loss: the number 60, which was posted to a window.

"We have Unfinished business" Dominique Dillingham said of the upcoming game against SC. William was next at 13 and six assists, followed by Breanna Richardson with 12 points.

One play doesn't cost you a game, but one play can win you a game. She was the game's second-leading scorer, with 18 points, and equaled Wilson with 10 rebounds.

MARTIN: So just give us a sense of - I don't know - what's the word we're looking for - how big of a giant was UConn heading into this game? William had a chance to win it in regulation, but UConn's Gabby Williams blocked her shot. SC didn't even attempt a three-pointer until late in the second quarter. "If she's in a groove and she's playing as she's played over the past five games, it's going to be a long night for us".

Over the next five games in the tournament, William has turned it over seven times total.

"Am I surprised that Mississippi State won?"

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

Both of this season's battles were decided deep into the second half, and the team's played to a tie in the paint in both outings. The Bulldogs are the first team ever with consecutive overtime victories in the NCAA Tournament.

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The Bulldogs (34-4) will play SC for the national championship Sunday night in a matchup of two SEC teams.

"Like I said we fought back in that second half, which I'm really proud of our team for doing, bearing down and playing like we have all season but it just didn't end the way we wanted it", said Katie Lou Samuelson. She's been covering the women's NCAA championship in Dallas.

The longest winning streak in sports history ended in Dallas on Friday night.

"With them, you know, they're just a well-oiled machine", Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said of UConn before the Final Four.

But the thing that stands out the most of just how big this monumental upset was?

William will try to do better at 5 p.m. today (ESPN) when MSU (34-4) takes on SC (32-4) in the championship game of the NCAA tournament at American Airlines Center. "You know, people didn't believe in us", William said. "Maybe it took all we had to get to that point and get it back after being down so bad". But a pair of junior transfers will also be the focus — Allisha Gray and Davis.

Thanks to that win, the crowd heavily favored Mississippi State, which used the energy for an early 7-1 lead before the Gamecocks took control for a third straight win this season against the Bulldogs.

UConn shot 44.4 percent from the floor but committed nine turnovers and was out-rebounded 21-11 in the opening 20 minutes.

"You can't go into the game thinking you can just do the same old things", SC head coach Dawn Staley said. She is the only woman to be named the MOP of the tournament but lose the final game.

The team's successful season was more than just record-breaking for Petery. "We had another chance with UConn and now we get another opportunity against SC but it's on a bigger scale and it means more".

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