DALLAS (AP) — The Gamecocks have made South Carolina history as they beat Mississippi State 67-55 in the NCAA Women's National Championship game on Sunday night. The win was the first ever in South Carolina history.
SEC teams South Carolina and Mississippi State, who will play in the women's NCAA Tournament championship game on Sunday, have already played twice this season.
The Gamecocks (32-4) won the first two matchups, including three weeks ago in the SEC Tournament championship game.
A look at those two meetings:
— South Carolina 64, Mississippi State 61, Jan. 23 at Columbia, South Carolina.
The Bulldogs had won their first 20 games of the season, but South Carolina rallied in the second half when Allisha Gray had 16 of her 17 points. A'ja Wilson had 26 points for the Gamecocks. Mississippi State led 35-28 at halftime, and was still up late in the third quarter before the Gamecocks pushed ahead. Breanna Richardson and Victoria Vivians had 12 points each for Mississippi State.
— South Carolina 59, Mississippi State 49, March 5, SEC Tournament championship game, at Greenville, South Carolina.
Kaela Davis had 23 points and Wilson scored seven of her 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Gamecocks won their third consecutive SEC Tournament title. South Carolina went into the fourth quarter down 45-40, but Davis began the comeback with a 3-pointer and Wilson scored the next five points to put South Carolina up for good. The Gamecocks outscored Mississippi State 19-4 in the fourth quarter, with the Bulldogs not scoring in the final 4:41 of the game. Teaira McCowan had 15 points for the Bulldogs, and Morgan William had 14.
The series between the teams:
South Carolina has won 10 straight games in the series, and has a 19-16 advantage overall. The Gamecocks and Bulldogs have split the previous four games played at a neutral site. The first game in the series was an 84-60 win by South Carolina on Dec. 29, 1984.
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