The team that made the big surprise of last year's Ladies Final Four is back in the title game.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Teaira McCowan scored 21 points and 25 rebounds to help Mississippi State win the national championship game for the second year running with a 73-63 win over Louisville on Friday night.
Down three points, Roshunda Johnson hit a 3-pointer from the wing to tie the game at 59 with seven seconds in order. Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen then drove the length of the ground, but missed a layup when time with McCowan had passed.
In extra time, the Bulldogs themselves and Morgan William, who last year scored the game win in OT in the Final Four to end UConn's 1
Louisville (36-3) managed only one basket on 10 shots in
The Cardinals were injured when Center Sam Führing hit the ground due to a technical foul at 2:42 in the fourth quarter when she fell to the floor after a foul , was injured. The technical has fouled them out of the game. The Cardinals were beaten 54:53 and William threw both free throws to give the Bulldogs a three-point lead.
Louisville came back to hold Hines-Allen by 59:56 ahead
McCowan broke the rebound mark of Charlotte Smith of North Carolina in 1994 as the Mississippi's 6-foot-7 center State conquered her 24th board.
Asia Durr scored 18 for Louisville (36-3) for the third time in the Final Four. Jazmine Jones added: 15.
The loss ended a wonderful season for Louisville, which won the ACC season and conference tournament for the first time in school history. The cardinals also received the first number 1 in the history of the program.
RECOGNITION: Vic Schaefer of Mississippi State took a break to accept a prize a few hours before the Women's Final Four. Schaefer was honored by the US Basketball Writers Association as National Coach of the Year. Schaefer thanked his family, including twins Blair and Charles Logan. Blair is a senior guard for the Bulldogs.
"You know what, she had a little bit of it today," Schaefer said.
REBOUND MACHINE: McCowan also set the entire NCAA rebound tournament record when 92 broke the 75 mark of Janel McCarville in 2004.