Mississippi State Stuns UConn in Final Four Upset, 66-64

Posted April 02, 2017

CT guard Gabby Williams wipes away tears as she talks with the media following the team's loss to Mississippi State in an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the women's Final Four, Friday, March 31, 2017, in.

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.

William hit a 15-footer to cap it, moments after a replay review awarded UConn two free throws for a flagrant 1 foul call that tied the game with 26.6 seconds left.

The Huskies hadn't lost in 865 days, with that defeat coming to Stanford in overtime on November 17, 2014. When a college team, whether it be in their own sport or another, topples a giant, even greater.

The Bulldogs, with four seniors and four juniors, will play SC on Sunday night in an all-SEC matchup for the national title Sunday night.

CONFERENCE DOMINANCE: This is the sixth time in NCAA Tournament history that teams from the same conference will play for the national championship. "I'm proud of your courage, your strength, your grace, your beauty, your talent, your coaching staff, your fans - all of it".

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One player even chest bumped the wall.

UConn has won the national championship the last four years.

"It's not weird; we knew [South Carolina] could get here just like we could".

William, coming off a 41-point effort in a win over Baylor to earn a spot in the Final Four, drove and took the shot heard 'round the women's basketball world. "So I just say going into this game, I have to take care of the ball, don't force too many things, look inside, and make the right decisions".

After a summer of soul searching, the Huskies will come back next year and try and start another streak.

"When we started October 15 to where we are today. these kids were way older than they were supposed to be", Auriemma said.

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UConn rallied from a 16-point deficit, its biggest during its NCAA record streak, to take a 59-56 lead in the fourth quarter.

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. "We still have unfinished business, and for us to be playing SC, it's kind of like, now we get another chance, like we got another chance at UConn, now we get another opportunity to play against SC, but it's on a bigger stage and it means more". Mississippi State then brings the ball inbound and gives it to William.

The first time the Huskies knew they were in trouble in Friday night's second semi-final matchup was when Mississippi State scored 14-straight points to lead UConn 29-13.

Vivians had 19 points, William had 13, Richardson had 12 and McCowan finished with 10 for the Bulldogs (34-4). Katie Lou Samuelson of UConn was matched up against Dominique Dillingham of Mississippi.

"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. 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. The last loss came to Notre Dame in 2012 in the Final Four. UConn made its first four shots of the third quarter including back-to-back 3-pointers by Samuelson and Kia Nurse. She was cheering on the Bulldogs, who hail from her home state.

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