"I understand losing, believe it or not". I feel like we earned respect tonight. But as Schaefer said, "If you don't know what's in somebody's breastplate, you better be careful about evaluating".
In the days leading up to the rematch with Mississippi State, Geno Auriemma reminded his players to ignore the past. "It's just awesome", said Manning, who spoke with me Saturday afternoon by phone from Dallas. They were actually the more veteran team, with four seniors and four juniors.
"For me to make that shot against them, it's just unbelievable".
"I can't even put into words the feeling that I have right now".
But, she added, ending UConn's winning streak will mean nothing if the Bulldogs don't finish the job and win a national title on Sunday night against SEC foe SC.
A year ago, Mississippi State fell behind the Huskies by 28 points after the first quarter when CT handed the Bulldogs a 60-point loss in the Sweet 16. That loss has been on their mind all season and they finally got their ultimate redemption by knocking off the top team in women's NCAA basketball.
Now they have erased that defeat, beating UConn (36-1) on a grand stage in one of the sport's greatest games. "But I don't expect them to lose again any time soon". My teammates are just so happy and proud of me. Katie Lou Samuelson made two free throws to tie the game.
William, who delivered a magical 41-point effort in an Elite Eight victory over Baylor almost three years to the day after the death of her stepfather, uncorked the shot of a lifetime over the outstretched arms of Gabby Williams as the horn sounded. The Bulldogs swarmed William, and then collapsed in a heap on the court as reality began to sink in that they were the first team to beat UConn since November 17, 2014.
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Prescott, a record-setting National Football League rookie quarterback who last season helped lead the Dallas Cowboys to the NFC East title, sat near the Mississippi State bench, emphatically cheering on his Bulldogs.
Guard Morgan William hit a 10-foot jump shot at the buzzer in overtime to lift the Bulldogs to the stunning victory in Dallas, Texas. "All we had to do was beat them one time".
"Karlie twisting her ankle really kind of gave us a tough time", VanDerveer said. "Maybe all our young kids needed to experience this so that we can come back and really be ready for this".
Another William Hill bettor made a $200 money-line wager on Mississippi State to beat UConn at 20-1 odds that cashed for $4,000.
During their last two decades of dominance where they've won 11 national championships, the Huskies rarely found themselves trailing - let alone by double-digits.
After Morgan William hit an overtime buzzer beater to sink the Huskies and send the Bulldogs to the national championship game, Prescott erupted from his spot in the stands.
This game will have ripples for years to come. William stepped in front of her and Chong lost the ball out of bounds, giving Mississippi State the last possession with 12.3 seconds left.
Just like the 1980 USA men's Olympic hockey that upset the heavily favored Soviet Union team on way to the gold medal, Mississippi State (34-4) still has one more game to play after ending UConn's 111-game winning streak.