The Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team advanced to their 11th straight Final Four as they defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Elite Eight, 94-65, Monday night in Albany, NY.
After defeating USC by 25 points during the regular season, UConn left no doubt once again shooting 59 percent from the field, including 12-for-20 from beyond the three-point line.
Crystal Dangerfield hit five of those three-pointers to give her 21 points, and point guard Gabby Williams led five players in double-figures with 23 points.
A’ja Wilson played the final game of her Gamecocks career on the same day she earned her third First-Team Associated Press All-America Honor, the seventh women’s college basketball player to accomplish that feat three times. Wilson led South Carolina with 27 points and eight rebounds, and Alexis Jennings added 15 points.
South Carolina tried to limit Connecticut’s possessions with longer possessions, but 13 turnovers and 1-for-7 shooting beyond the arc put the Gamecocks in a hole they couldn’t climb out of.
Wilson says despite the fact that her Gamecocks career is over, she is content that she gets to pursue a new challenge in the WNBA:
Gamecocks Head Coach Dawn Staley said sarcastically, “All is right with women’s basketball,” as a result of UConn’s win, but also showed pride in the effort her team exuded throughout the season:
South Carolina finishes at 29-7, ending a string of three consecutive 30-win seasons, while Connecticut reaches its 19th Final Four under Head Coach Geno Auriemma.