Mississippi State Breaks UConn Women's 111-Game Streak in OT


Morgan William made the 15-foot victor for the Bulldogs (34-4), who pulled off perhaps the biggest women's upset of all time and will play for the national title Sunday night against SC, which beat Stanford 62-53.

Now they have erased that defeat, beating UConn (36-1) on a grand stage in one of the sport's greatest games. William and Vivians combined for 97 points and 19 assists in those two games.

The other two games this season were in the state of SC; the first in Columbia, on the Gamecocks' home floor, and the second in Greenville, site of the SEC tournament.

"We talk about it all the time how hard it is to win in this environment", he said.

Neither team could get much separation in the extra period, but the seemingly unbeatable Huskies levelled the game at 64 with 26.6 seconds left via two technical free throws by Katie Lou Samuelson.

"We had to redeem ourselves from a year ago", William said in regard to the Bulldogs' 60-point loss to UConn in the Sweet 16.

"They haven't become what I hoped they would become - you know, like, edgy", he said. "I'm just shocked that it took this long to get here". Maybe this is wherein laying the problem and the fuel for 111 consecutive wins: teams tried to take the Huskies head-on and aimed to stop their shooters.

Mississippi State guard Morgan William, left, and CT guard Kia Nurse (11) dive for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the women's Final Four, Friday, March 31, 2017, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Dallas.

Coach Geno Auriemma held the record for most tournament wins by a head coach. There wasn't much else he could do, another title beyond his grasp.

"This team's been really good about on to the next one", Schaefer said.

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"Look, nobody's won more than we've won", Auriemma said.

Katie Lou Samuelson of CT hit both foul shots to tie the game, but turned the ball over on its ensuing possession with 12 seconds remaining.

The Bulldogs fled the bench area, piling up at center court while UConn players stood stonefaced.

The Shot delivered plenty of emotions and fascination quotes from maroon and white players, and head coach Vic Schaefer. I am still in shock that we won this game. A buzzer beater in overtime against UConn sent the Bulldogs to the championship. "To inspire little kids who are the same height as me, it's like I'm giving something back".

Mississippi State built an early 16-point lead at 29-13, slowly watched it drip away, fell behind 59-56 in the final three minutes, fought back and gutted out an overtime session dripped with drama and controversy.

Auriemma saw Morgan William's winning shot go through the net as the buzzer sounded, ending his team's historic run and its title hopes.

The Huskies hadn't lost in 865 days, with that defeat coming to Stanford on November 17, 2014.

The Bulldogs (33-5) took a 64-62 lead in overtime when McCowan scored on a layup with 1:12 remaining.

Mississippi State ends UConn's 111 game winning streak 66-64 in OT!

The South Carolina Gamecocks hope to win their first national championship in school history.

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The 48-48 score entering the fourth quarter marked the first UConn entered the fourth quarter in a tie game during the streak. "How many times do you get a chance to come back and beat a team after they beat you the way they did?"

Vivians, who led Mississippi State with 12 points in the first half, made a layup to put the Bulldogs ahead 29-13 with 7:36 left until halftime. The win came as sweet revenge for the Bulldogs after they lost to UConn in the Sweet 16 round in 2016 by 60 points!

Mississippi State made some underdog bettors pretty happy Friday night.

The Huskies' offense would show some life in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs, 20-12.

STREAK BUSTER: The loss ended a 28-game NCAA Tournament winning streak for UConn.

While most hoped the loss would come during the regular season, the Final Four hosts the country's hottest teams. She has an attack mentality, and when the game is late, she wants the ball in her hands.

If UConn would have won this game, everyone would be talking about Williams. SC beat No. 2 seed Stanford Friday night. She hit a shot that will be remembered forever.

South Carolina's Dawn Staley, who played for Tara VanDerveer on the US women's team that won the 1996 Olympic gold medal, won as a coach against the Stanford coach for the first time in six tries. We haven't lost in a while, but I understand it.

"Karlie twisting her ankle really kind of gave us a tough time", VanDerveer said. She finished with a team-high 18 points.

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