For the first time in recent memory, and 111 straight wins, the UConn Huskies Women have lost. And it could not have been at the worst time. It was in their Final Four match-up against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who won 66-64 at the buzzer.
Mississippi State led Connecticut the entire first half, and it was not until late in the game the UConn woke up. It would take overtime to decide who would head to the final game. On NPR earlier in the day, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said his girls this year were not playing the same as the last few years. He said they did not have that killer instinct. Instead, it was like they just assumed they would win. That could be what was their Achilles’ heel. This was the teams 10th straight Final Four.
The Bulldogs were led to victory by guard Victoria Vivians who scored 19 points including a buzzer beater at the end of overtime. Connecticut’s Gabby Williams led all scorers with 21 points. The Bulldogs will face the South Carolina Gamecocks on Sunday for the National Championship, and UConn is packing to go home.
Commentary by Cletus Dillwood