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Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice

The women's record ends at 23 more wins than UConn men's basketball team's record.

Morgan Williams — yes, with an extraneous letter on her last name — became a trending topic on Twitter after her shot that took down the four-time defending national champion Huskies late Friday night in Dallas — after midnight on the East Coast.

This game had everything, an overtime period, a buzzer beater, some late controversy and an upset of historic proportions as Mississippi State defeated #1 and top seeded CT, 66-64.

Mississippi State and UConn met in the Sweet 16 last season and the Huskies won by 60 points - the most-lopsided win in regional semifinals history. "And I said, 'I'm not going back.' And I just kept running". That's all theirs. I'm proud of what they've been able to do, how much they changed from last October. I can't thank them enough because I can't be playing the way I'm playing without them. "They came out and they were aggressive and forced us to do what they wanted us to do and they disrupted our offense".

Jackson-Durrett played for the Sooners from 2001-05, including an NCAA final appearance her freshman season against UConn in 2002.

"Saniya just tried to make a great play". A lot of us hadn't been in this situation before.

And Mississippi State never blinked, not even when a highly questionable flagrant foul call late in OT threatened to continue UConn's streak in controversial fashion.

Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies have been on an unprecedented Final Four run, making it there 10 straight years. You can't just dictate someone's caliber of skill based on how short they are. They both took losses. If you prepare, if your student-athletes believe, on any given night anything can happen.

"I think it's great for the game, the exposure CT got for winning 111 games, that's good for the game". "She's got a bright future in basketball at the next level and we don't want to risk setting it back potentially with her coming here instead of rehabbing". The Bulldogs have already knocked off top-seed Baylor and shocked No. 1 UConn to get to the championship game.

"I'm just in disbelief", Williams said. "He was like, 'Morgan, you can win the game". They got all shook up. Time was just ticking.

"We know that we're not done", Wilson said. "I am going to be taking care of the ball".

"I actually wanted to get some eye contact from somebody just to say congratulations", the SC women's basketball said.

Gray had a big second half and led the Gamecocks with 18 points against Stanford, and Davis will be looking to bounce back from a 2-of-15 shooting night in the Final Four debut for both guards.

UConn continued to trim the lead in the third quarter.

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

UConn scored the next seven points, capped off by a jumper by Williams for a 59-56 lead.

In the postgame locker room, legendary ESPN broadcaster and current Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, a MS native, stopped by to give a passionate motivational speech to the Bulldogs. Sixty-one of those victories were by at least 40 points.

By pulling off a huge upset in a semifinal game, Mississippi State brought to mind another semifinal shocker, or at least it did for Bulldogs coach Vic Schaefer.

It won't take much to get their attention. Auriemma now has 113 NCAA Tournament wins.

"All of us really wanted it to end on a better note", Samuelson said. "Just impatient a little bit, that's all". We have one heck of team to get ready for, a tremendous staff. I really don't know. Later, he explained, saying how many times that had happened the other way, how many times the Huskies had sent teams to the locker room in tears.

It wasn't Mississippi State's tallest player who impacted the game. But as Schaefer said, "If you don't know what's in somebody's breastplate, you better be careful about evaluating". "We knew we were in good shape. We also knew that might be the best thing in the long run to help us put a kink in the sprocket, so to speak".

Vivians had 19 points, William had 13, Richardson had 12 and McCowan finished with 10 for the Bulldogs (34-4). The Bulldogs will play South Carolina Sunday (5 p.m., ESPN). "This is a very special team", said Wilson, who had 13 points and 19 rebounds.

First-team All-Americans Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier will be juniors.

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