Final Four teams square off to set championship game

GALLIGAN NCAA Final Four Predictions Include Louisville Advancing in OT

The stage was set for a rematch in Sunday's championship game between the Bulldogs and Huskies after Mississippi State stopped Connecticut's run of four straight national titles in last year's tournament, but Geno Auriemma's side lost in the Final Four for the second straight year on a last-second shot.

For the UConn women's team, it is the second straight year they have gone undefeated only to lose in the semi-final. Jackie Young led the Irish with 32 points and 11 rebounds.

The victor faces Mississippi State, which advanced to the title game for the second straight year by rallying to beat Louisville 73-63 in overtime in the first semifinal.

Last year, Mississippi State ended UConn's 111-game game winning streak in the semifinals - also on a last-second shot - before losing to SC in the title game. "There are no bad teams".

"Wow, I am so proud of my team today, as I have been all year, " Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said. And I don't think anybody ever believed me because it just seemed so routine for a while.

What struck me then was how much Auriemma wanted his team to be great and how much his players wanted to be great themselves. They made one more great play than we did.

Tennessee, an eight-time national champion, has not reached the Final Four since Coach Pat Summitt retired and died from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Most impressive was how Notre Dame kept its poise when it appeared to be on the verge of collapsing.

"I tried to get a good shot", she said. If the Huskies are shooting the ball as well as they do and beat Notre Dame on the boards, the Irish cannot win this game.

"I think I'm kind of torn between crying and laughing", McGraw said.




"Sometimes you have to be exposed to this and fail when it's all on you", he said after the Huskies' 91-89 loss in overtime on Friday.

Collier scored in the lane with 38.4 seconds to cut the Irish lead to three, 89-86.

Collier had 24 points for the Huskies, and go-to playmaker Katie Lou Samuelson had 16 but was limited down the stretch because foul trouble sapped her ability to play with aggression.

First the Irish were up, leading by 10 after the first quarter. They're the last two teams who have beaten UConn in the Final Four.

CT has won the last seven meetings between the two schools, including the most recent one on December 3rd, a 80-71 Huskies win in Hartford, CT.

A three by junior guard Marina Mabrey provided Notre Dame its first lead of the second half at 54-53, and it turned into ebbs and flows for both programs thereafter. UConn challenged her to beat them, and she did not shrink from the opportunity, including converting two three-pointers after coming into the game only 9-of-35 (25.7 percent) beyond the arc.

"I practice this all the time", Ogunbowale said.

It looked like they were going to pull off the upset of the Huskies when they were up by five late, especially since they led by 2 and had the ball with only 15 seconds left in regulation.

Stat of the game: Notre Dame was the more aggressive offensive team for all 40 minutes, and it helped put the Irish at the free throw line, where they shot 19-of-23.

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