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.

Trump signs order rolling back environmental efforts
Changes to the Clean Power Plan rule will require EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to write a new rule, which could take years. Reliably Republican strongholds such as Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas generate an increasing amount of electricity from wind.

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".

Related news:

Hot News

April Begins With Threat of Severe Thunderstorms Across the South
Apr 03, 2017 - 01:49
The overall severe threat is going to be dependent on a few variables, but is generally on the lower end to middle of the road. Highs will get near 70 degrees with a wind shifting from the east to the south and gusting to 25 miles per hour at times.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Senator criticizes House speaker on health care
Apr 02, 2017 - 05:21
In an interview with 9News reporter Brandon Rittiman after House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from consideration, Buck said he was undecided .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Early Entry Tracker: Lonzo Ball (unsurprisingly) declares for 2017 NBA Draft
Apr 01, 2017 - 06:34
On a night when Adebayo was surprisingly unproductive (just two points and four boards), Fox and Monk carried Kentucky with 60. Fox was the best player on the floor, sinking medium-range jump shots, getting into the lane at will and scoring 15 points.

Speaker Ryan Spurns Health Care Talks With Democrats
Apr 01, 2017 - 06:33
It would be because the House Freedom Caucus is successfully guilt-tripped and shamed into coming around. Himes also said the burden to extend the olive branch rests on the other side of the aisle.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top GOP to Try Again with Doomed Health Care Bill
Apr 01, 2017 - 06:10
Humana followed in 2017, announcing that it would withdraw from the 11 state marketplaces where the insurer now sells coverage. In the districts of the bill's foes, Republican voters and activists faulted Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Tesla Model 3 shown, won't get an instrument cluster
Mar 31, 2017 - 06:22
Model S and Model X owners might notice a few other changes to their vehicles-even the older ones-beginning Wednesday. The vehicle's sensor will play a major role in advising the driver when it will be safe to change the lane.

Tar Heels' Maye headlines list of Final Four X-factors
Mar 31, 2017 - 06:22
That just made me dizzy! "I'd judge things more on those aspects, not Final Fours and wins and stuff like that", he said. And an allure to the solid things around you rather than the shiny things across the way, where the grass is greener.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump thumps Freedom Caucus over health care
Mar 31, 2017 - 06:21
I think last week proved that theory wrong. "You all know that he does that in various forms, including Twitter ", Ryan said. By more than two to one, Republicans give the President credit for working as hard as he could to pass the AHCA.

Senator Tim Kaine to Filibuster Supreme Court Nominee
Mar 30, 2017 - 05:44
It would be a highly controversial decision that would permanently change the rules for how Supreme Court nominees are confirmed. Pat Toomey scolded Democratic senators for making political arguments against President Donald Trump's nominee.

Last-shot practice pays with Final Four for North Carolina
Mar 30, 2017 - 05:39
SCOUTING REPORT: "The most impressive win in this tournament has been OR going into Kansas City and smacking Kansas". "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a.", Williams said with a smile, quoting Clark Gable's famed line as Rhett Butler.

No. 1 South Carolina follows men's team, reaches Final Four
Mar 30, 2017 - 05:19
Bleacher Report thinks that North Carolina simply has more size, and that their height advantage opens up options for the team. SCOUTING REPORT: "The most impressive win in this tournament has been OR going into Kansas City and smacking Kansas".

Coaches: Carolina Final Four advantage to fade after tipoff
Mar 29, 2017 - 10:21
Karnowski was limited to five games last season and had back surgery. "So whenever he pops, it's hard for them to find him". The Cardinal won national titles in 1990 and 1992 and were runners-up in 2008 and 2010, losing to UConn in the latter year.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Louisans react to canceled vote on GOP bill to repeal ACA
Mar 29, 2017 - 09:48
Schumer spoke two days after House Republicans pulled their health care bill at the last minute to avoid a certain defeat. Under Spicer's apparent definition, "responsible Democrats" are ones that would support repeal , e.g., unicorns.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top USA military launches probe into Mosul strike after civilian deaths reported
Mar 28, 2017 - 08:53
The airstrikes were all conducted in support of Iraqi security forces actively engaged against Islamic State fighters, he said. As to who was responsible for the civilian casualties , "at the moment the answer is we don't know", Colonel John Thomas said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The Walking Dead: Season 7 finale teaser trailers reveal preparations for war
Mar 28, 2017 - 08:08
Elsewhere, Rick finally got more guns and more people for his army after storming the Oceanside and demanding they cooperate. She even had a heart to heart with Judith before she let him know about the group, despite her promise to keep it a secret.