Mississippi State's 66-64 upset that snapped the Huskies' record 111-game winning streak Friday night means a third meeting this season with SC, this time on Sunday for the title. Junior forward A'ja Wilson, an Associated Press first-team All-American, added 19 rebounds and 13 points. This loss was a major shocker as many people from the ESPN experts to even Mississippi St fans thought that UConn would end up running over Mississippi St. She hit a shot that will be remembered forever.
No call was made at the time and the contact was minimal. Samuelson drained both free throws to tie the game with 26 seconds left.
Earlier, Mississippi State had gone ahead by 10 when Richardson hit a jumper 20 seconds into the second half. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 76.8 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 57.2 points on 39.2 percent shooting. William shoots and scores with the winning shot.
Morgan Williams - yes, with an extraneous letter on her last name - became a trending topic on Twitter after her shot that took down the four-time defending national champion Huskies late Friday night in Dallas - after midnight on the East Coast.
Mississippi State brought CT and its 111-game winning streak crashing down.
The game was held at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The streak is over.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team pulled off quite possibly one of the most epic upsets in sports history.
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The tactic makes more sense in light of the opponent: 36-0 University of CT, riding a 111-game winning streak that included a 60-point thrashing of Mississippi State in last year's Sweet 16.
UConn sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson recognized there were things UConn could've done better as a team. "I'm in shock", she said. "How many times do you get a chance to come back and beat a team after they beat you the way they did? We had our pride stepped on a year ago by another great team, just like that one today". "I wanted to take the shot and knew I could make it". It had been said that they were so dominant, everyone else was playing for second place. They were offensively and defensively together.
On Saturday, and for years to come, young girls will take their basketballs out and recreate The Shot.
"We didn't have to play them best-out-of-seven, didn't' have to beat them best-out-five", Schaefer said. The hero of the night - William - finished with 13 points.
"I'm a little disappointed, but I think it kind of had to happen at some point", said Jennifer Casparino, a freshman from Newington.
"I love UConn, so [Friday] was hard".
"I'm going to say it's Morgan William", fellow guard Victoria Vivians said.
Perhaps the only person who knew this game would be this competitive was Huskies coach Geno Auriemma, who spent much of the last week reminding his team that few - if any - of them had anything to do with the 98-38 point drubbing a year ago.