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With all that, the Gamecocks are going to their first national championship after beating Stanford, 62-53, Friday night in the women's national semifinals. Mississippi State is is coming into their own. The Final Four is an unbelievable accomplishment. Got some. Superb coaching? It's why we're all here, keeping our eyes on if, let alone who, can finally take down the defending champion Connecticut Huskies.

The women's college basketball final tips off at 6 pm ET, 5 pm CT at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer past year was showing the movie "Miracle" to his players and hoping for one. Tennessee was also the last SEC team to win a NCAA title in 2008. She's gotten us SEC Championships, both regular season and tournament championships.

"I've grown a lot as a player", McPhee said. Against Mississippi State, the team that ended The UConn Streak, but 0-2 this season against SC. Mississippi State won 94-85.

The matchup between McCall and A'ja Wilson will clearly be the marquee one in this game. She showed range with six three-pointers.

The Gamecocks women's basketball team took a break from basketball while in Dallas to get in on a Texas tradition.

Her dad, Greg, is the women's basketball coach at CSUB. We wanted her to play. Stanford is back in the Final Four for the first time in four seasons, having to overcome a 16-point deficit after halftime against Notre Dame to win the Lexington Regional final.

As for a bevy of players who will be on the biggest stage for the first time, a budding star has a head start. That's far from the case with Chong. McCall finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

"This is my favorite team that I've ever played on", she said. When Chong goes, the Huskies go. She doesn't care what kind of defense the sixth-ranked Cardinal and Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer concoct. She had a very strong game two years ago, when SC made its Final Four debut, getting 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in a 66-65 loss to Notre Dame.

Long before she became coach of South Carolina, Staley was a great player for Virginia and Team USA. "One more game left". Momentum stayed with the Gamecocks when Gray slashed to the basket and converted from the left block to make it a one-point game before Wilson found Cuevas-Moore in the left corner for a 3-pointer that put Carolina ahead 35-33 with 3:31 left in the quarter.

"So the players that are going to be playing, Kia has played a lot in two Final Fours".

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Dawn Staley's Gamecocks have been exceptionally fast for at least three seasons and two Final Four runs. And yet, it's because of the coaching that the players will be even more scrutinized.

The team then survived a late Stanford run to close out the game.

Both teams struggled to find their shooting rhythm in the first quarter as Stanford shot 35.7 percent and SC was a shade worse at 35.3.

Now Stanford (32-5) has one of its biggest challenges of the season in trying to stop All-American forward A'ja Wilson and third-ranked SC. She wants younger coaches to have can't thank her enough. Yet in the last three tournament games, she's averaged 23.7 points on 61% shooting from the floor. "In college. you have to have a 3-point shot, especially after teams scout you, and sag off of you". For Stanford, they know containing Wilson's the key.

The men's NCAA Tournament debuted in 1939.

If you haven't heard about her yet, you will. Harris also displayed poise in the final minute, as the freshman went 3-of-4 from the line to keep the Gamecocks comfortably in front at 61-53 with less than 20 seconds to play.

Wilson had 13 points and 19 rebounds in the national semifinal win Friday against Stanford, despite being the focus of frequent double- and triple-team coverage by Stanford defenders.

She was going to be the aggressor, a physical presence who would fearlessly drive the ball into the paint, who would initiate contact and make tough baskets.

Her catch-and-shoot three has been a given from the moment she arrived at Stanford, but Samuelson now finds herself among the nation's best in virtually every offensive situation - spot-up, off screens, pick and roll ball handler, handoff, in transition.

Jason Clinkscales is the senior editor and media analyst for The Sports Fan Journal, editor for Yardbarker, and a masochistic New York Knicks fan.


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