South Carolina postpones celebration for national title in women's basketball

South Carolina postpones celebration for national title in women's basketball

South Carolina postpones celebration for national title in women's basketball

USC Coach Dawn Staley and her team, along with USC President Harris Pastides and Athletic Director Ray Tanner, are to participate in the ceremony. "I can't be mad, she was doing what was best for the team". "I do have to give a shout-out to Carolyn Peck - and I will return her net, thankfully".

Staley proudly wore the net she cut down around her neck and still had it on hours later when she left the arena. That was just my mindset going in, is I have to make an impact, whether it's a block, a score, yelling, bringing energy. "We knew that was going to take place", Staley said.

"I just moved up here from Knoxville and I just became a die-hard Gamecock fan, all the way", Scurlock said. The Gamecocks are national champions. This time however it was as joyous as it could be as she won her first title as a player or as a coach.

"I'll never forget one time at a position camp, my first camp, (coach Dawn Staley) said, 'Aja Wilson - I'll remember the name'".

Two nights later, the tiny guard was sitting on the Mississippi State bench in the waning minutes of the NCAA title game. Those were things that I held dear and near to me growing up. "I have to make an impact one way". A'ja Wilson leads SC with 15 points, and Allisha Gray has 14. She has also coached USA Basketball at the junior level, and USA teams are 21-0 with Staley at the helm. "I wanted to go home with the trophy", Wilson said. She looked at the scoreboard and began to sob, then put a towel over her head as the final seconds ticked away.

Vic Schaefer's Bulldogs reflected on what went wrong against the Gamecocks and plenty of optimism moving forward with the program.

Mississippi State started strong with seven of the first eight points of the game, but like the other two meetings, SC pushed back.

The Bulldogs are playing SC for the title.

Mississippi State ends the season 34-5. She recorded 41 points in Mississippi State's overtime victory against Baylor in the Elite 8. The school is just the 13th to have both teams reach the Final Four in the same season.

SC saw a 14-point, second-half lead cut to 54-50 before Wilson following her blocked shot with a short jumper that started a game-clinching, 12-2 run. She lost in the Final Four three times as a player, including 1991 when she was named the Most Outstanding Player in defeat.

The Gamecocks are in the second Final Four in three seasons.

"From an offensive standpoint, we had to attack the paint", Staley said.

Even if the Bulldogs contain Wilson, South Carolina can rely on offense from shooting guards Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis and defense. "As I told the kids, You know, you pat 'em on the back, tell them 'Good job.' They were the better team today". The four seniors helped Schaefer realize that vision by playing integral roles in helping the Bulldogs win more games in each of the last four seasons.

The Gamecocks defeated SEC foe - Mississippi State - 66-54, in the National Title game Sunday night.

SC looked to make it a ideal 3-0 against Mississippi State. "Today doesn't define us - this team had one heck of a year".

"They believed in a vision five years ago really, when we recruited them", Schaefer said.

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