Bulldogs Are Headed To The Final Four!
For the Mississippi State women’s basketball team, the music continues to play and the Bulldogs continue to dance.
an NCAA Tournament school-record 41 points from Morgan William, No. 2
seed Mississippi State upset No. 1 seed Baylor 94-85 in overtime to win
the Oklahoma City Regional being played at Chesapeake Arena.
(33-4) advances to the school’s first-ever Final Four. The opponent
will be either Oregon or Connecticut, with the contest set for Friday
in Dallas. Game time and television details will be finalized late
“Our kids were resilient,” MSU head coach Vic
Schaefer said. “They showed a lot of toughness, determination and
character. You have no idea what is inside their breastplate, but you
saw it today on full display. My point guard (William) put us on our
backs today. (Victoria Vivians) was back to her normal self today.
the seniors, they believed in a vision when really it was not easy to
believe in. I couldn’t be happier for them for the blood, sweat and
tears they have put into this. There is tremendous support for women’s
basketball at Mississippi State. I am awfully proud of the kids. We
give God the glory for winning No. 33 today.”
heavyweight battle featured 12 ties and 25 leads changes. The swings of
emotion were similar to Mississippi State’s 75-64 win over Washington
in the Sweet 16 round. The Bulldogs stayed with the Bears punch by
punch with lifts at different times from Teaira McCowan and Chinwe
Okorie underneath and William and Vivians from outside.
added 24 points for the Bulldogs, while McCowan added 10 points.
Vivians added six rebounds and six assists, while William had three
rebounds and seven assists.
William set the school record
for points, field goal makes and 3-point field goal makes in a NCAA
tournament game by going 13-of-22 from the field and 6-of-8 from the
free throw line. Her point total was the seventh most in a game in
school history. She also took over the school’s all-time lead for
William was named Most Outstanding Player, while Vivians and McCowan were named to the all-region team.
quickly built a 9-2 lead. The Bulldogs battled back with a 12-2 run for
a 14-11 lead. The lead switched hands a couple of times before a
3-pointer by William gave the Bulldogs a 21-19 lead after one quarter.
the second quarter, the Bulldogs hung tough defensively to overcome a
six-minute stretch without a made basket. Four straight points by
McCowan gave the Bulldogs a 34-33 lead. A layup by McCowan as the half
expired gave the Bulldogs a 43-40 lead at the break.
Bulldogs held four different five-point leads in the third quarter
before a 3-pointer by William ran the lead to 58-52 with 2:10 left
third quarter. Baylor finished the quarter with a 9-2 run for a 61-60
A 3-pointer by William gave the Bulldogs a 73-68
lead. The Bears rallied with seven straight points. A layup by William
tied the contest at 75 with 22 seconds left. MSU then got a stop on
defense to end regulation.
A 3-pointer by Vivians gave the Bulldogs the lead for good at 80-78 with 4:01 left in overtime.
the contest, MSU hit 32 of 74 shots from the field (43.2 percent), 10
of 20 shots from 3-point range (50.0 percent) and 20 of 24 shots from
the foul line (83.3 percent). Baylor hit 32 of 60 shots from the field
(53.3 percent), 5 of 15 shots from 3-point range (33.3 percent) and 16
of 22 shots from the foul line (72.7 percent).
which saw its season end for a fourth straight year in the Elite Eight,
received 27 points from Kalani Brown, 18 points from Nina Davis and 16
points from Alexis Jones.