Staley, triumphant Gamecocks returning to Columbia

Title game to feature a Battle Of The Bigs we don't often see in college basketball anymore

SC would make a couple baskets to start to pull away, then Mississippi State would answer with a couple scores to close back in. I'm sure we earned a lot of people respect around the country, and everyone knows who we are.

If you've never emotionally invested your entire life on rooting for a school that has never won a national championship, then perhaps you wouldn't understand the frenzy. The time had come to find out.

As has become customary after one of the state's schools nets national championship win, a University of SC flag is flying over the Statehouse dome, beneath the United States and SC flags. But Wilson, as she did in Stockton, as she did in Greenville, and as she has done since she was a freshman making a game-winning tip-in at Duke, took over in the fourth quarter.

Wilson made a mid-range jumper and Gray followed with a layup to push Carolina's lead back up to eight. A Dominque Dillingham jumper would break that tie.

Missed shots and turnovers were the story for the next minute and a half.

Convincing Wilson, a SC native, to stay at home was significant for Staley's program.

Mississippi State still has a shot heading to the fourth quarter in a matchup of first-time finalists for the NCAA women's basketball championship. This time, Johnson got called for the foul on Gray's shot taken at the buzzer.

The second period was scoreless for almost two minutes. Bulldogs junior guard Morgan William was the story of the tournament coming into the game. Yes, you read that right. Again, you have to take your hats off to SC and Dawn Staley for a tremendous effort today.

"I think she was built for that", Davis said. SC was up 31-18.

Gamecock fans Jenny Clark and Kenzie Scurlock brought a sign with them that said "We goin' to the SHIP!" Wilson hit a free throw that put SC ahead 36-26 at the break.

Gray scored seven points during the surge as she consistently drove into the lane.

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Prescott, a popular starter for the Bulldogs, had a record-setting rookie season for the Cowboys while leading them to the NFC East title after Tony Romo got hurt.

After the game, Schaefer took responsibility for the Bulldogs losing.

The Mississippi State miracle finished a little short. In the blink of an eye, the Bulldogs are only down 45-40. Wilson is so good that she was triple- yes, triple-teamed by Stanford Friday night.

South Carolina's star player A'ja Wilson said she would be excited about the opportunity if it is presented.

The Bulldogs returned to form on the defensive end and battled back into the contest in the third quarter.

After a few scoreless minutes, Richardson sank two free throws. We had it to 54-50, had the crowd going.

Doniyah Cliney hit two free throws to give SC its first lead at 16-14 with 24 seconds left in the first quarter and the Gamecocks never looked back.

The all-Southeastern Conference national title game was the third such matchup in tournament history and the first since Tennessee beat Georgia in 1996.