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Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

South Carolina Women Beat Stanford 62-53 In Final Four

If Duke, North Carolina, or Kansas rolled into the Final Four as a No. 1 seed with a 36-1 record, the nation's top-rated defense, a 22.3-point average margin of victory, a deep and talented roster replete with upperclassmen and a potential National Basketball Association first-round pick freshman, and the Associated Press Coach of the Year, those schools would be the clear favorite to cut down the nets.

The Pac-12 ended one lengthy drought when OR became the first conference representative in the Final Four since UCLA in 2008.

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams directs his team during a practice session for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Friday, March 31, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. But then Samuelson landed on the foot of SC point guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore, and crumpled to the floor.

The South Carolina Gamecocks will play for the NCAA women's basketball championship on Sunday after knocking off the Stanford Cardinal 62-53.

SC coach Dawn Staley waited her whole life to beat Stanford and its long-time coach, Tara VanDerveer.

"I think my team is going to respond like they've responded all year", Few said after the win over Xavier put GU in its first Final Four.

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Gonzaga was certainly good enough this year. When they decline to consistently chase the 5-star recruits, their detractors claim they aren't really trying, that they're settling for conference titles and NCAA Sweet 16s instead of playing to win the championship.

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SC beat Stanford 62-53 in the national semifinals at American Airlines Center on Friday. "She's a terrific player". "I nearly sold out yesterday and I'm waiting for more stock now because they just about cleaned me out", he says. Neither she nor her team recovered. And then it will come down to a simple question: Can the Bulldogs make some shots Monday night? "No, we were just taking it to our level". "Psychologically and physically, it was a challenge". It was keyed by a 13-0 run, with Gray and Bianca Cuevas-Moore making key contributions. She had to be carried by her teammates to the locker room. The 6-foot guard returned in the second half - with a limp - and played limited minutes.

"We've got to limit their touches in the paint as much as we can, which is a very hard task since they run so many things to get the ball inside", OR coach Dana Altman said.

Bell had 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks in a 74-60 takedown of overall No. 1 seed Kansas in an Elite Eight game in Kansas City, Mo. She anchored the Cardinal's defense and on two occasions outran the entire SC defense.

Stanford missed three shots on its next possession, and SC quickly extended the lead on freshman Tyasha Harris' one-handed bullet pass to Doniyah Cline, who was open under the basket for a layup.

Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. The Gamecocks wrapped up a 6-point bomb of a second quarter and were probably anticipating head coach Dawn Staley to breathe literal fire in the locker-room at halftime. "You would think at some point the law of averages should play out". Smith's parents have made the 16-hour flight from Australia to be at the Final Four.

Leading up to the game, Staley had thought about her special relationship with VanDerveer - from winning the 1996 US Olympic gold medal in Atlanta to their ongoing communication throughout this season. Davis believes that if the men can continue to play as a cohesive unit, they will be a very tough team to beat.

"To see her grow the way she has grown" has been an inspiration, Roberson said. CARDINAL COMEBACKS: Stanford has trailed by at least seven points in six games it has come back to win this season. The Gamecocks took a 41-37 lead into the final period after scoring 21 points in the third, one more than the entire first half. The Gamecocks are only in their ninth NCAA tournament in the almost eight-decade history of the tournament.

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