Lady Gamecocks cut net on first national championship

uscwhoops-nationalchampsGo ahead and say it and savor it, Gamecocks fans: South Carolina is the 2017 women’s basketball national champion.

A’ja Wilson scored 23 points to help coach Dawn Staley and South Carolina win their first national championship with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday night.

South Carolina (33-4) turned a 10-point halftime lead into a 45-31 advantage midway through the third quarter before the Bulldogs rallied. Mississippi State (34-5) slowly cut into its deficit, getting with 54-50 on Jazzmun Holmes’ jumper. But that’s as close as the Bulldogs could get.

Wilson, who grew up in South Carolina, blocked a shot on one end of the court and then hit a short jumper in the lane that started a 12-2 run to put the game away. Staley emptied her bench with less then a minute left and Wilson left with tears of joy.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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