Juniors A’ja Wilson and Allisha Gray both notched double-doubles to deliver the 2017 title to the Gamecocks, who broke through following their second Final Four appearance in three years.
Carolina ends its historic run with a final mark of 33-4, while the Bulldogs closed their 2016-17 campaign at 34-5.
The league best known for winning national titles in football has the most teams still alive and playing for a trip to the Final Four. Kentucky and Florida have been joined by upstart South Carolina in the Gamecocks' first ever trip to a regional final.
It comes from the SEC — a conference long known as a football powerhouse, which has put three teams into basketball’s Elite Eight. No. 7 South Carolina and No. 4 Florida play in the East Regional final on Sunday, meaning the conference will have at least one representative in Glendale. They could get two if No. 2 Kentucky can beat No. 1 North Carolina in the South.
The 2016 Football Legends Class includes 14 former stars who excelled on the gridiron and helped write the rich history of the sport at their respective institutions. This year’s class includes a Heisman Trophy winner, All-Americans, All-SEC selections and Academic All-Americans as well as NCAA and SEC record holders. The group represents teams that won National and SEC Championships and are represented in state, school and college football halls of fame.
On the heels of talking about the East, let’s take a look at the
West defenses. Some of the best and worst of college football came from
the West in 2016. So we’ll take a quick look back, and rank how the
squads stack up for 2017 (along with a quick prediction as to whether
they’ll be better or worse than last year).
South Carolina defeated the Crimson Tide, 4-2, Sunday at Founders Park in Columbia.
Alabama never led, battling to tie the score twice but failing to mount a rally after it fell behind for the last time.
The big breakthrough for South Carolina came in the bottom of the seventh inning after the Tide forced a 2-2 deadlock when Cody Henry sent a pitch over the right-field fence.