Louisville's Asia Durr punches head coach Jeff Walz during a practice session for the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. So of course are the ubiquitous Huskies, although the teams won't meet again unless both are victorious in their national semifinal games on Friday. Mississippi State, meanwhile, has beaten its tournament opponents by an average of 22.5 points so far, including a 45-point shellacking of Nicholls State in the first round. That's channel 209 on DirecTV.
Now, however, Mississippi State is a whole new club after storming onto the scene.
The Mississippi State-Louisville game will be live streamed on the WatchESPN app.
Louisville-Mississippi State will be carried nationally by Westwood One. This is Louisville's third Final Four appearance in program history. From the bench in a crucial game, Jordan Dannbery scored 10 points, more than she had in the NCAA tournament entering into the game. The Cardinals beat the No. 6 seed Oregon State Beavers, 76-43, in the regional final. The Cardinals won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles for the first time in school history.
However, two days later they fell to SC 67-55 in the championship game.
Mississippi State enters the game 36-1, with the lone loss coming to SC in the SEC Championship game. The Gamecocks and Huskies met in the Elite Eight, where UConn dominated, 94-65. Mississippi State is slightly better on the offensive end, as it scores an average of 82 points per game, while Louisville scores an average of 77.7 points per game. The Bulldogs defeated the UCLA Bruins, 89-73, in the regional final.
The first of two national semifinals features Mississippi State and Louisville facing off (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) Friday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Cardinals went to the finals in 2009 and 2013 but lost both times to UConn.
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Myisha Hines-Allen had to know it was all but over the moment no whistle was blown after she was muscled into the backstop on that layup attempt in the closing seconds of regulation. Senior guard Victoria Vivians was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs with 25 points. With all this firepower, this Final Four matchup could be a high scoring affair.
The Bulldogs will take on the victor of UConn-Notre Dame in the championship game on Sunday. The victor plays the UConn-Notre Dame victor in the national championship game on Sunday.
The women's basketball national championship will be Sunday, April 1.