Carolina'sTiffany Mitchell cuts the net following
herteam's 80-74 win over Florida State following a
women's college basketball regional final game in
the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday,
March 29, 2015.
N.C. — Someday, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley will
eventually rename a play after star guard Tiffany
Gamecocks aren't changing anything just yet.
might have to run it again — at their first Final Four.
scored 21 points and made all the key plays down the
stretch to help South Carolina beat Florida State 80-74 on
Sunday in the Greensboro Regional final.
reeled off seven consecutive points, putting the Gamecocks
ahead to stay and then extending that lead to five points
by hitting a 3-pointer on the play that Staley says will
someday be called "Mitch."
Mitchell is the person we want the ball in her hands when
we need a basket," Staley said.
Coates, the regional's most outstanding player, finished
with 14 points, A'ja Wilson added 10 and Asia Dozier hit
four free throws in the final 20 seconds for the
top-seeded Gamecocks (34-2).
Carolina players raise the trophy after a women's
college basketball regional final game against
Florida State in the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro,
N.C., Sunday, March 29, 2015. South Carolina won
from behind for most of the day, they shot 61 percent
while rallying to win their seventh straight and keep the
best season in school history going.
stop: Tampa, Florida, to face the Oklahoma City Regional
winner on April 5.
put South Carolina on the map," Staley said.
"The regular season that we had, the success that
we've had in (the Southeastern) Conference, when you
hurdle over being a regional champion and going to the
Final Four, it puts your name in history. So it was a
history-making game for us."
Romero scored 13 points and Brittany Brown had 12 for the
second-seeded Seminoles (32-5). The best season in program
history ended after they set the school record for wins
and reached their first Atlantic Coast Conference
course, we fell short of our goals, but we made
history," Brown said. "I will remember this
were five ties and seven lead changes in the final 10-plus
minutes. The last came when Mitchell's drive made it 69-67
with just under 2 minutes left.
Gamecocks forced Brown to miss a jumper before Mitchell
put them up by five with a corner 3-pointer with about
Conwright pulled Florida State to 72-69 with two free
throws with 58.3 seconds left. Mitchell then got the
rebound of her missed jumper in the lane, drew a foul and
hit both free throws with 27.9 seconds left to restore the
Gamecocks' five-point lead.
free throws each came immediately after Florida State
pulled within two points, and Khadijah Sessions stole the
ball from Conwright and hit a layup at the buzzer to make
it a six-point game.
Bulgak finished with 10 points for Florida State, which
never trailed during the first 30 minutes of this meeting
of teams that until now had combined to reach two Elite
Eights but had advanced no deeper.
Carolina lost to Duke in a 2002 regional final and Florida
State fell to Connecticut at this stage in 2010.
play that many minutes leading ... the No. 1 team in the
country at one point, they weren't afraid," Florida
State coach Sue Semrau said of her team. "They had so