South Carolina postpones national title celebration

"Who would have thought Mississippi State would have been playing for the national championship tonight?"

Staley coached the University of SC to its first women's basketball national title Sunday with a 67-55 win against Mississippi State. After twenty minutes of Championship basketball, the Gamecocks would lead by ten, 36-26. It certainly doesn't define this team or this season. Each of the numbers had a specific meaning with 1 symbolizing one goal, one team, one dream, one family and one focus.

But while MS state has the talent, heart and a sudden national following, the Bulldogs face an extremely tough opponent in SC.

Staley complied a 33-4 record with the Gamecocks this season. We came through a really tough regional.

The Gamecocks became the fifth team to win a national title without a 3-pointer (0 of 3), and gives the SEC its ninth national championship, but first not from Tennessee, which won the last of its eight in 2008. I don't know what the time was on the clock. We've been trying to nearly play catch-up since then. "I know it feels incredible".

SC would take their lead out to as many as 14 in the third quarter, but Dillingham would start a rally after another Bulldog cold spell with a three pointer.

Even if the Bulldogs contain Wilson, South Carolina can rely on offense from shooting guards Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis and defense. The Bulldogs got no closer than six the rest of the way. I have so much love for this team. "It's 40 more minutes for the rest of the season, I guess we just we all collectively couldn't get on the same page", said William, who sat stoically answering questions in the quiet locker room.

They got the sweep against Mississippi State for the season, and the senior class will go out with 111 wins - the most in school history. "They came up with a will of not wanting to lose". In many ways, the game followed the storyline established in the SEC Tournament final in Greenville. With All-American A'ja Wilson leading with 23 points, SC claimed its first NCAA title with a 67-55 victory in a sold-out American Airlines Arena Sunday.

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"I can understand why LeBron went back home and got himself a ring", she said. "I can't really put into words and explain to you how special this team really is, on and off the court". Peck said she wanted it back once Staley won her own title.

Staley helped make it that way, and Sunday, her basketball resume checked off a long-awaited box. She kissed it. She carried it over to the minority of Gamecocks fans at the American Airlines Center and hoisted it with one hand, saluting them with the other. "She was my pride and joy". She looked at the scoreboard and began to sob, then put a towel over her head as the final seconds ticked away. She exited with less than 90 seconds to play in the third quarter and didn't see the floor again.

So it feels more like Schaefer wasn't feeling William's attitude and was trying to teach her a lesson.

SC joined Tennessee as the only SEC teams to win a national championship.

The Gamecocks appeared to be in control after going up 45-31 midway through the third quarter - matching their largest lead of the night - but the Bulldogs showed their resolve by getting within four with 6:51 left.

Carolina fell behind by six early in the first quarter before taking a 10-point lead into halftime.

SC took control of the game with a 13-2 run that spanned the first and second quarters. "We weren't executing offensively", Dillingham said.

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