In NCAA basketball it is an unwritten rule to expect the unexpected, both this year’s men and women’s tournament have proven that rule to be true. South Carolina Gamecocks have made history on both sides of the tourney as their men’s team reached the final four for the first time in the program’s history and the women’s team shocked the world as they won the big dance on Sunday (April 3) against Mississippi State, 67-55. The first in the program’s history.
Mississippi State made headlines over the weekend after beating No. 1 seed UConn and ending their 111 game winning streak.
Gamecocks were down as many as 6 in the first half, but after taking the lead 15-14 with 24 seconds left in the first half after an impressive 13-4 run. Juniors A’ja Wilson and Allisha Gray lead their team by outscoring Mississippi 18-14 in the first quarter and 18-12 in the second quarter.
Their coach, former WBNA All-Star Dawn Staley became the second African-American coach to win the Women’s NCAA title. The win comes 25 years after Virgina, the team Staley played for in college lost the NCAA championship to Stanford in a devastating one-point game.