South Carolina wins women’s NCAA Basketball championship

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South Carolina beat Mississippi State 67-55 to win the women’s national championship game Sunday night.

The Gamecocks (33-4) were playing in their second Final Four after losing to Notre Dame in the national semifinals two years ago.

To win their first national title, they had to go through the Bulldogs, who shocked UConn with a buzzer-beating 66-64 victory on Friday night. The national semifinal win snapped an 111-game winning streak by the four-time defending national champion Huskies.

Mississippi State (34-5), which reached the Sweet 16 in 2016 and 2010, was playing in the program’s first Final Four.

South Carolina beat Stanford 62-53 on Friday to reach the championship game.

The all-Southeastern Conference national title game was the third such matchup in tournament history and  the first since Tennessee beat Georgia in 1996. The other all-SEC title game saw Tennessee beat Auburn in 1989.

It also featured two rivals who know each other very well. South Carolina won the regular season SEC title, finishing one game in front of second-place Mississippi State. The Gamecocks won both meetings this season before Sunday night, winning 64-61 in a home game during the regular season and then 59-49 in the SEC Tournament championship game.

While South Carolina’s women’s team won their title, the men’s team fell short, losing to Gonzaga in the national semifinals on Saturday night. The school is just the 13th to have both teams reach the Final Four in the same season. Only UConn has won both titles in the same season, doing so in 2004 and again in 2014.

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