Kia Nurse, UConn return to Final Four after ousting reigning champs


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The Fighting Irish (32-3) rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit and are back in their familiar spot of playing for a trip to the Final Four. Mississippi State University revitalized the entire world in 2017 when Morgan Williams snapped UConn's 111-game win streak on a midrange buzzer beater. They meet OR on Monday night for a slot in the Final Four.

Ben Richardson and Clayton Custer, best friends on the Loyola-Chicago team that is now heading to the Final Four, told a hilarious story about Custer not being recognized as a member of the Loyola team. "Are you going to make T-shirts?'" UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. We can only hope that chaos rules supreme once again and one of these teams can take down the dynasty in Storrs. Happened in a way that was really, really disappointing.

The Albany Regional final featured the past two NCAA champions in a rare occurrence for the women's tournament.

The Huskies scored the first seven points of the game beginning with a banked-in 3-pointer from Nurse and they were off and running.

Gabby Williams had 23 points as UConn scored the most points in school history for this round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Huskies stayed hot from behind the arc, connecting on 9 of 10 3-pointers in the half - including a flawless 5 for 5 by Dangerfield. SC vs UConn live stream is on WatchESPN. "My teammates did a great job of finding me when I was open". She was almost flawless in the opening 20 minutes, with 19 points, four assists and no turnovers - and UConn had a lead it was not going to give up.

The South Carolina Gamecockes are coming from a 79-63 win over the Buffalo Bulls in which A'ja Wilson scored 20 points while Alexis Jennings added 20.

This is the 11th straight year in which the Huskies have advanced to the Final Four. SC was led by four-time All-America choice A'ja Wilson, who scored a game-high 27 points but was one of only two Gamecocks players in double figures. "Obviously, we didn't have enough to compete in the way that we would have liked to".

"The attendance is a result of a lot of hard work by people in the community who are interested in seeing women's basketball develop to a higher level in Albany", MAAC commissioner Rich Ensor said. (Notre Dame's only other losses this season came to Louisville.) Louisville and Mississippi State will play in the other semifinal. Westbeld had scored a combined 12 points in the previous four games, but she teamed with Shepard for an inside attack that hurt the Ducks. Notre Dame (33-3) outscored OR 52-38 in the paint and outrebounded the Ducks 51-29 in the Spokane Regional final.

Arike Ogunbowale added 19 points and Marina Mabrey had 15 for the Irish.

UP NEXT: UConn will face the victor of the Spokane regional final that features Notre Dame and Oregon.

First-team All-American Sabrina Ionescu led OR with 26 points, but the Ducks struggled offensively over the final 20 minutes. UConn shot 68 percent in the first half and led 54-33 at the break. A day later, the sophomore point guard had the first half of her life.

OR also never got into a rhythm with its outside shooting.



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