The South Carolina women’s basketball’s NCAA Tournament run looks to cap their amazing year with a national title against a familiar foe. South Carolina will take on Mississippi State on Sunday in the 2017 NCAA Women’s National Championship Game in Dallas.
The Gamecocks showed resiliency after a sluggish first half against Stanford in the national semifinals, rallying from a 9-point halftime deficit to earn a 62-53 victory during Friday’s Final Four contest.
The winner of this game will win the first national title in program history. It is also the first all-SEC match-up for a national title since 1996. Connecticut had won the previous four national championships.
2017 NCAA Women’s Championship: South Carolina-Mississippi State game time
Sunday, 6 p.m. ET. For live score updates, follow the link here.
2017 NCAA Women’s Championship: South Carolina-Mississippi State 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: South Carolina women’s basketball and Mississippi State women’s basketball updates
2017 NCAA Women’s Championship: South Carolina-Mississippi State preview
This marks the first appearance in the national title game for both programs.
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 from Morgan William.
In the other Final Four contest, the Gamecocks rallied to defeat Stanford after trailing by double digits. 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. The Gamecocks have been without a key contributor in Alaina Coates for their NCAA Tournament run. Coates averages a double-double for the Gamecocks, as she posted averages of 12.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
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.