The Mississippi State women’s basketball team saw it’s incredible season come to a disappointing end.
The Bulldogs fell 67-55 in the championship game against South Carolina. It was the third time this season the Bulldogs lost to South Carolina.
An overtime buzzer-beater by Morgan William helped the Bulldogs stun four-time defending national champion Connecticut in Friday’s Final Four contest.
2017 NCAA Women’s Championship: Mississippi State-South Carolina game time
Sunday, 6 p.m. ET. Live game updates can be found here.
2017 NCAA Women’s Championship: Mississippi State-South Carolina TV channel
ESPN will air the game. Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke and Kara Lawson will provide play-by-play and commentary. Holly Rowe will provide sideline updates.
2017 NCAA Women’s Championship: Mississippi State women’s basketball and South Carolina women’s basketball updates
2017 NCAA Women’s Championship: Mississippi State-South Carolina preview
This marks the first appearance in the national title game for both Mississippi State and South Carolina.
Mississippi State is in the national championship game by virtue of handing Connecticut its first loss since 2014. During the instant classic, Mississippi State forced Connecticut into 17 turnovers and won the battle of the boards 37-31. Victoria Vivians led Mississippi State with 19 points, followed by 13 points from William.
South Carolina rallied to defeat Stanford 62-53 in the other Final Four contest. The Gamecocks, who trailed by double digits, outscored the Cardinal 42-24 in the second half to earn the victory. A’ja Wilson posted a double-double (13 points, 19 rebounds) along with 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Allisha Gray had 18 points and 8 rebounds.
In the regular season, South Carolina edged Mississippi State 64-61 at home in January. The Gamecocks then beat the Bulldogs 59-49 in the SEC Tournament championship game last month.
This will be the first time conference opponents face each other in the national title game since 2013 (UConn vs. Louisville). The last time SEC teams met in the national championship game was in 1996 when Tennessee beat Georgia.