111 game win streak snapped
April 7, 2017
Connecticut women’s basketball looked destined to win their fifth straight national championship. They had not lost a game since November 2014 and appeared unstoppable. That all changed last Friday night when Mississippi State stunned the Huskies, defeating them 66-64.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 22-13 lead after the first quarter, but Connecticut was not going to go down quietly. After being down 36-28 at the half, the Huskies outscored Mississippi State 20-12 in the third quarter to tie the game at 48 points a piece. In the fourth quarter Mississippi State had a 56-52 lead with just four minutes to go but Connecticut locked down on defense and knocked down some shots to take the lead 59-57. With 1:17 to go Victoria Vivians pushed the Bulldogs back in front with a three but Connecticut would tie the game with a free throw to send the game to overtime.
After a few missed opportunities by both teams, Mississippi State would hit two free throws to take a two point lead. Two minutes went by without either team making a basket, but Connecticut would once again tie the game with a jumper. After a made layup by Mississippi State and two clutch free throws by Connecticut the game was tied with 27 seconds remaining. Connecticut would force a costly turnover, but would give the ball right back with a turnover of their own. Morgan William got the ball at the top of the key with four seconds left, drove to her right and drained a jumper as time expired to win the game.
Mississippi State pulled off one of the greatest upsets in history. Not only did they snap Connecticut’s 111 game winning streak, but they did it on the biggest stage. They defeated the Huskies in the Final Four when the Huskies were on the greatest run in sports history.