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An Instant Classic..Mississippi State defeat UConn, advances to the NCAA Championship Game

An Instant Classic..Mississippi State defeat UConn, advances to the NCAA Championship Game

Morgan William hit the “shot heard ’round the world” at the buzzer to give the Mississippi State Bulldogs the 66-64 overtime win over the might Univ. of Connecticut.

William had a chance to win the game in regulation but her shot was blocked by UConn’s defensive specialist Gabby Williams.  The game headed into overtime and this time the smallest player on the court showed a lot of heart when she saw an opening, she rose to the occasion, this time she pulled up for the mid-range jumper to seal the deal for MState. “During the timeout, Coach [Schaefer] told us I was going to win this game,” William said. “At the end of regulation, I went for the layup and got it blocked. So in overtime, I didn’t want to do that again. I wanted to take a different shot. I am still in shock that we won this game. I am so proud of my teammates.

With the win, MState ended the UConn women’s winning streak at 111, and advance to the program’s first-ever NCAA Finals.

Victoria Vivians led the Bulldogs with 19 points but fouled out with 3:57 left in overtime. William added 13 points, while Breanna Richardson had 12 points and Teaira McCowan had 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. McCowan played a key role with a size advantage against the Huskies. She overcame two early fouls to impact the second half and overtime.

MSU (34-4) will face Southeastern Conference rival South Carolina (32-4) at 5 p.m. Sunday in the national championship game.

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