Lady Gamecocks Win National Title
South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team won the National Title after defeating Mississippi State 67-55 Sunday night.
“Hard to put into words,” that was the familiar refrain after the Gamecocks cut down the net, hoisted the championship trophy, and became national champions for the first time.
Especially for Dawn Staley, this is a special one. She took over this program 9 years ago when interest was not that high. Fans were not coming to games, the Gamecocks were not winning a ton of games. Now they’ve been to two final fours in three years, winning their first national championship last night in the Lone Star State.
“This is what it’s supposed to look like, this is what it’s supposed to feel like, this is what it’s supposed to sound like when you win on your own accord, when you are supported, when you’ve got people who believe in the vision and I am so happy. South Carolina deserves this,” said USC head coach Dawn Staley after the game Sunday.
“It is hard to put this moment, this experience into words. It’s a blessing, amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity. I am just so proud of this team that we found a way to come out on top,” said Kaela Davis, USC Guard.
“I think I am going to be on cloud nine for a good little bit,” said Allisha Gray, USC Guard. “It’s just an unbelievable feeling. Just amazing to actually accomplish your season goal of winning the national championship.”
Many even took a moment to congratulate the men’s basketball team who made it to the Final Four. “Our guys had a great run, they really, really did a great job and Coach Frank has done a great job with that program, the same with what Coach Staley has done for our program. I honestly would say South Carolina is now a basketball school and basketball state,” said A’ja Wilson, USC Guard.
What a year for basketball in the Palmetto State, specifically for South Carolina. The men went to their first final four in program history and the ladies win their first national championship as well.
The Lady Gamecocks’ coach Dawn Staley will be honored today at Colonial Life Arena at 4:00pm. Doors for that event will open at 3:00pm. USC President Harris Pastides and athletic director, Ray Tanner, will be part of that ceremony.