COLUMBUS, Ohio — I’ve got just three letters for you. WOW.
That’s all you can say after the first thrilling game of the 2018 Women’s Final Four as Mississippi State came back to force overtime against Louisville and win to advance to the national title game for the second straight season.
— Taylor Ashbrook (@taylor_ashbrook) March 31, 2018
Mississippi State struggled in the first quarter as they started out 0-10 from the field before Victoria Vivians hit a pair of layups separated by a foul shot.
Both teams seemed to have big game jitters as they combined for 7-28 shooting in the first quarter as Mississippi State took a slight 13-11 over Louisville after the first ten minutes.
The scoring picked up in the second quarter as both teams combined for 17-33 shooting in the quarter as Mississippi State took a slight 31-30 lead into the half.
Both teams continued to go back and forth in the third quarter but Louisville came on the brink of blowing the game open in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals took a 53-46 lead with 7:14 left in regulation.
Mississippi State would come back to tie the game with just 5.7 seconds left in the fourth courtesy of a clutch Roshunda Johnson three.
The Bulldogs pulled away in overtime as they went on to secure a 73-63 victory to advance to the National Championship game for back-to-back seasons.
Players Of The Game
My top player of the game has to be my girl Teaira McCowan from Mississippi State who scored 21 points and had a Final Four record 25 rebounds in the victory over Louisville.
Another player who came extremely close to being my top player overall is MSU’s Victoria Vivians. Vivians led all scorers of the game with 25 points on 11-21 shooting. Whenever the Bulldogs needed a basket, Vivians was there to deliver.
An honorable mention for Louisville would have to be Asia Durr who scored 18 points in the losing effort by the Cardinals.
Johnson Shoots Her Shot
The play of the game, without question, has to be Roshunda Johnson’s game-tying three with 5.7 seconds left in regulation to send the game into OT as Johnson and the Bulldogs would eventually go on to win the game.
Mississippi State will be looking to finish what they started last year after losing to South Carolina in the 2017 National Championship game as they will take on the winner of Notre Dame vs. UConn for the 2018 National Championship. Tip-off is set for Sunday at 6:00pm ET on ESPN.