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Miss State earns second straight trip to finals

  • Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan (15) and Louisville's Arica Carter (11) battle for a loose ball during overtime in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane

  • Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan, left, goes to the basket against Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen (2) during overtime in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak

  • Louisville's Jazmine Jones, right, shoots over Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan during overtime in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane

  • Mississippi State's Victoria Vivians (35) goes to the basket against Louisville's Jazmine Jones (23) during the second half in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak

  • Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer yells from the sidelines during the second half against Louisville in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak

  • Louisville's Dana Evans (1) shoots over Mississippi State's Morgan William (2) during the second half in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane

  • Mississippi State's Victoria Vivians (35) is defended by Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen (2) during the second half in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak

  • Mississippi State's Victoria Vivians, right, heads to the basket past Louisville's Jazmine Jones (23) during the second half in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak

  • Louisville's Sam Fuehring walks to the bench after fouling out during the second half against Mississippi State in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane

  • Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen, front, puts up a shot against Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan during the second half in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane

  • Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen, front, goes to the basket past Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan during the second half in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane

  • Louisville's Asia Durr (25) reacts at the end of regulation against Mississippi State as the game heads to overtime in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane

  • Louisville's Dana Evans sits in the locker room following a 73-63 loss to Mississippi State in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak

  • Mississippi State's Victoria Vivians celebrates with her teammates after defeating Louisville in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Mississippi State won 73-63 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane

  • Members of Mississippi State celebrate after defeating Louisville in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Mississippi State won 73-63 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane



Associated Press
Friday, March 30, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 25 rebounds to help Mississippi State reach the national championship game for the second straight year with a 73-63 overtime 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 left in regulation. Louisville’s Myisha Hines-Allen then drove the length of the floor but missed a layup as time ran out with McCowan dogging her.

In overtime, the Bulldogs asserted themselves and Morgan William, who hit the game-winning shot in OT last year in the Final Four to end UConn’s 111-game winning streak, made two free throws in the last minute to help Mississippi State (37-1) pull away.

Louisville (36-3) managed just one basket on 10 shots in the extra period.

McCowan broke the rebounding mark set by Charlotte Smith of North Carolina in 1994 when Mississippi State’s 6-foot-7 center grabbed her 24th board.

Asia Durr scored 18 for Louisville (36-3), which was making its third appearance in the Final Four. Jazmine Jones added 15.