12 hours after The Shot, Mississippi State returned to the American Airlines Center Saturday for their final practice and answer some final questions for the national championship game. A lot of local and national media wanted to know more about the UConn upset, but the Bulldogs are turning the page to South Carolina.
Morgan William is trying to stay calm after her buzzer beater shocked the world. "It's a great experience, I'm just trying to live in the moment right now. I'm just trying to stay level headed. We still got business to take care of, so can't get the big head just yet. We beat UConn, but we haven't got the ring, cut down the nets just yet."
MSU/South Carolina is developing into a SEC women's hoops rivalry. Breanna Richardson said "next to Ole Miss, they're kinda our rival now. With us and them it's kinda like the top teams in the SEC, and so going against them is a big matchup. To finally be on this big stage against them, it's showcasing that we are in the biggest and baddest conference in the nation. It's just showing that our talent is here, and it should be a big game."
The Bulldogs have another chance at redemption vs. the Gamecocks. Carolina beat State in the regular season and in the SEC championship game. Victoria Vivians said "we haven't beat South Carolina since I've been here. Tying it all back into history, if we beat them, we'll be making history with ourselves, and we'll be making history winning a national championship. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain."
Head coach Vic Schaefer is proud of his team's approach throughout this historic campaign. "They're really grounded, they've been that way all year. We've obviously had some really big wins this year. And last night they're just like: Okay coach, who's next, when do we play, where, what time is the bus leaving?"
Mississippi State and South Carolina are in pursuit of their first national title for their respective programs. Tipoff is Sunday at 5:00pm. The game will be televised on ESPN and online on ESPN3.
Chris Hudgison is in Dallas covering the Bulldogs. You can follow him on social media for more MSU updates.
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