While the Mississippi State women’s basketball team will be heavy underdogs on Friday night against UConn in the second Final Four semifinal in Dallas, the team already has one thing in the bag.
Coach Vic Schaefer and daughter, Blair, will make history.
The duo will become the first father-daughter pair to coach and play in the same women’s basketball NCAA Tournament, according to Graham Hays of espnW.com.
In the Baylor win, Schaefer made her only field-goal attempt, a 3-pointer, and also buried her only two free-throw attempts.
A similar precedent was set by Baylor coach Kim Mulkey and her daughter, Makenzie Robertson, in the 2012 Final Four.
Blair Schaefer, a junior guard, is averaging 13.5 points per game in the NCAA Tournament run after scoring just 4.2 points per game in 33 games this season before the tourney.
Blair Schaefer scored a game-high 21 points in a 110-69 win against Troy in the opening round of the tourney, then scored 18 points in a 92-71 win against DePaul in the secound round. In the regional semifinal, a 75-64 win against Washington, Schaefer scored 10 points, and then had five points in a 94-85 overtime win against Baylor in the regional final.
Schaefer is second on the team with 43 3-pointers made this season, behind only leading scorer Victoria Vivians, who has 60 makes. Schaefer, who moved with her father to Starkville when he left his assistant coaching job at Texas A&M to take over at MSU in 2012, has started four games this season.
The Schaefers won’t be the only family relationship that fans will have their eyes on this weekend in Dallas. Stanford senior Karlie Samuelson wants the chance to upset her little sister, UConn sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson, in Sunday’s final.
Stanford and South Carolina will meet in Friday’s first semifinal at 7:30 p.m. ET, with UConn and Mississippi State meeting after.
Sunday’s final is at 6 p.m. ET at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.