We got a close game, an intense game, a fun game, an overtime game, a game that was decided at the buzzer and a game everyone who attended or watched will remember for the rest of their lives - no matter whose side they were on. "I'm just shocked it took this long to get here". I'm still in shock right now. I'm over here like, Hey, I just won the game.
The Bulldogs had led 64-62 before a flagrant foul call on Mississippi State guard Dominique Dillingham allowed Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson to tie the game at the free throw line with 26.6 seconds remaining in the extra period. So did Mississippi State. In Starkville, Georgia was within 10 points of Mississippi State, but fell 58-49.
During their last two decades of dominance where they've won 11 national championships, the Huskies rarely trailed - let alone by double digits.
The tactic makes more sense in light of the opponent: 36-0 University of CT, riding a 111-game winning streak that included a 60-point thrashing of Mississippi State in last year's Sweet 16.
"Obviously when you get to this point in the season and you lose, it's the worst feeling imaginable", UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "How many times do you get a chance to come back and beat a team after they beat you the way they did?" "It feels so good, but we're not done yet", Wilson said. When we really needed to be a little more mature with what we're doing, we didn't have it.
They met on Big Monday in late January. The women's Final Four single-game record for rebounds is 23 by North Carolina's Charlotte Smith in 1994's championship game.
"Obviously, I'm extremely proud of my group", Shaefer said. Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer grabbed William in a bear hug, with former Mississippi State football star Dak Prescott - the Cowboys quarterback - helping lead the cheers.
"You know what? When stuff like this happens, it kind of makes me shake my head and go, 'You know how many times this could have happened and it didn't happen?'" Auriemma said.
"Well, Coach called the timeout". She only made 6-of-18 from the field, but her 3-pointer started the scoring for Mississippi State and seemed to send a message that the Bulldogs were going to compete.More news: CIBC hikes bid for Chicago-based PrivateBancorp by 20 per cent
Morgan William made a 15-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Bulldogs, who led by eight at halftime and by 16 in the second half before the Huskies stormed back.
With 20 seconds to go, William defended Saniya Chong.
CT recovered quickly after halftime, taking their first lead within three minutes. The game can be seen on ESPN. If someone told me before the game she won't score, I'd say we're in trouble.
Mechelle Voepel: The Bulldogs have evolved incredibly well since their SEC tournament final loss to SC on March 5. "But (Mississippi State was) just better".
This was hardly the type of easy rematch of last year's Sweet Sixteen game that UConn won by 60 points that many were anticipating. The Bulldogs went into the break with a 36-28 lead.
"We've been beaten twice by South Carolina", Schaefer said. UConn took its first lead at 40-39 on a putback by Napheesa Collier, midway through the third quarter as momentum turned inside American Airlines Center.
-14: CT was outscored 18-4 in second-chance points. UConn had lost a trio of senior greats to last year's WNBA draft and had predominately underclassmen on the floor. Auriemma now has 113 NCAA Tournament wins.
But the Bulldogs also supplied plenty of drama in stepping into the national spotlight.