South Carolina dominates Connecticut to secure second national championship

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South Carolina captured its second national championship in a largely dominant display Sunday night, leaving no doubt that the Gamecocks were the best team in women’s college basketball this season. 

A year that saw South Carolina go wire-to-wire at No. 1 in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll culminated in a 64-49 victory over the No. 2 seed Connecticut Huskies in the national title game in Minneapolis.

The Gamecocks (35-2) were dominant from the jump, running out to an 11-2 lead before UConn coach Geno Auriemma called timeout. Immediately, it was clear that UConn (30-6) had no answer for South Carolina’s size or suffocating defense. The Gamecocks outrebounded the Huskies 12-3 in the first quarter, with seven offensive rebounds. The first quarter concluded with South Carolina out in front, 22-8. 

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley celebrates while forward Aliyah Boston holds up the championship trophy after the Gamecocks' victory over UConn.

For the game, South Carolina finished with a 49-24 rebounding advantage. 

Leading the way in that department for South Carolina, as she has all season, was Aliyah Boston. The women’s player of the year finished with 11 points and a team-high 16 rebounds for her 30th double-double of the season – the most in Division I.

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