Mississippi State stuns UConn in overtime, ends record win streak at 111
- Author: Joe Gonzales Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 1:13
Mississippi State's incredible win over the UConn Huskies in the Women's NCAA Final Four will go down in the history book!
The Mississippi State women's basketball team pulled off an incredible upset on Friday night, ending UConn's 111-game winning streak with a 66-64 overtime victory.
Mississippi State's diminutive point guard also will have to deal with her growing status in Bulldogs lore, among the likes of Dak Prescott, after a buzzer-beating overtime shot that ended UConn's record 111-game winning streak and sent State to its first women's NCAA Tournament championship game.
William's shot came one game after she scored a career-high 41 points to help Mississippi State beat Baylor and advance to its first Final Four.
Afterwards, UConn coach talked about the Huskies' run, which started 865 days before when the Huskies lost to Stanford in overtime on November 17, 2014.
The Bulldogs got off to a great start, taking it right at the Huskies like not many teams had done during the streak.
The Bulldogs (34-4) will play SC for the national championship Sunday night in a matchup of two SEC teams.
Not only was Connecitcut the four-time defending champs, but the last time they lost a game was Novermber, 2014.
"Our kids know what's coming down the pike", Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said. "But how proud am I of my kids?"
One player even chest bumped the wall.
UConn will return to campus from the Final Four on Sunday for the first time in five years without a national championship trophy.
"I'm just shocked that it took this long to get here", he said. We have one heck of a team to get ready for, a tremendous staff. "Just having the confidence that I can make something happen, and I live for moments like that now".
Mississippi State kept UConn from getting out in transition in the first half, but the Huskies came out in the second half looking to push the pace. The teams were tied at 60 when the Bulldogs had a chance to win it in regulation, but William's shot was blocked by Gabby Williams, sending the game into overtime.
After a summer of soul searching, the Huskies will come back next year and try and start another streak.
It wouldn't be until the fourth quarter that the Huskies would get back to "UConn basketball", rallying from a 16-point deficit-the team's biggest during their entire NCAA record streak-to take the lead 59-56. Replays suggested a foul could have been called on Mississippi State but no call was made. The Bulldogs led 15-13 before scoring 14 straight points to go up 29-13.
With 20 seconds to go, William defended Saniya Chong.
"It was personal. We had to prove we're a much better team than a year ago", said Victoria Vivians, who led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Katie Lou Samuelson of UConn was matched up against Dominique Dillingham of Mississippi. Donovan McNabb was also in Dallas, cheering on niece Kia Nurse, who stars for CT. That group also includes 5-10 guard Andra Espinoza-Walker from NY, 6-foot wing Lexi Gordon from Texas and 5-10 guard Mikayla Coombs from Georgia.
So who's the most popular Bulldog at the moment?