South Carolina dismantle UConn in NCAA Women's Final 64-49
Coming into Sunday's National championship game, fans had a must see TV game that had people chirping. You had Coach Dawn Staley leading her troops into battle against Paige Bueckers and the fighting UConn. Prior to the match-up Coach Staley kept saying that they needed to contain Bueckers and take the ball out of her hands. That would be a tough task, because Bueckers is known to be crafty and move without the ball.
The Gamecocks disrupted UConn's offense early on. They got in the passing lanes and created steals, which started a 5-0 run for SC. Outside of getting steals, they were very active on the boards. South Carolina had 8 offensive rebounds in the first five minutes of the game and put some smothering mustard on the Huskies to get them out of sorts. Shots were falling out the sky for SC, as they were shooting above 55% from the field majority of the half. After being up by 17, SC's lead stated to decease. late in the second quarter. Careless turnovers and forced shots helped UConn get back into the game.The Huskies went on a 12-4 to cut the Gamecocks' lead to single digit at the half, 35-27.
In the second half, SC went ice cold and little by little UConn got themselves back in the game and cut the lead to six, but Destanni Henderson was not having her spotlight dimmed. Henderson scored the last four points in the third to put her team back up double digits.. The Gamecocks continued to put pressure on UConn on both sides of the floor and it was just too much for UConn. SC went on to win their second championship under Dawn Staley.