Bulldogs earn berth into national semis
MISSISSIPPI ST. 94, BAYLOR 85, OT
oklahoma city» Morgan William scored a career-high 41 points, and No. 2 seed Mississippi State upset top-seeded Baylor 94-85 in overtime Sunday to reach the Final Four for the first time.
William, a 5-foot-5 guard, was chosen Most Outstanding Player of the regional. She set a school record for most points in an NCAA Tournament game.
Victoria Vivians scored 24 points and Teaira McCowan added 10 for Mississippi State (33-4).
Kalani Brown scored 27 points and Nina Davis had 18 for Baylor (33-4), which lost in the Elite Eight for the fourth consecutive year.
William made a 3-pointer to give Mississippi State a 73-68 lead in regulation, but Baylor responded with a 7-0 run, and Brown’s basket put the Lady Bears ahead by two. William’s layup with 22 seconds remaining tied the game at 75 and forced overtime.
The game featured 24 lead changes.
The Bulldogs ended last season with a 60-point loss to Connecticut in the Sweet 16. This season, the Bulldogs took it a step further by reaching the Elite Eight for the first time, then beat a basketball power on Sunday.