No. 1 seed South Carolina and No. 2 seed Mississippi State play for the SEC Women’s’ Basketball Tournament Championship today at 2 p.m. CT at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.
Both teams have easily dispatched their opponents throughout the tournament with South Carolina defeating Georgia 72-48 and Kentucky 89-77 and Mississippi State defeating LSU 78-61 and Texas A&M 66-50.
It is only fitting that these two teams play for the championship. Earlier in the regular season they played a dramatic game on the campus of South Carolina with the Gamecocks prevaling 64-61.
The game was close throughout but even closer the last 14 minutes and 41 seconds with neither team leading by more than three points during that period.
Mississippi State senior Dominique Dillingham remembers the game well.
“It was a really great game … a hard-fought game,” she said. “I think we did some really great things in the game late. At the end of the game, we had every opportunity to win the game.”
Mississippi State junior point guard Morgan William relishes the chance to play South Carolina again.
“It’s exciting (because it is) another opportunity to play South Carolina again,” said William. “They’re champions from last year. Of course, we want to beat them. We just have to come out and play the way we’ve been playing. It’s been successful (this season).”
Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer believes his team will be ready to compete for the championship.
“I walked out of (the South Carolina) building with a bunch of confidence (in my team),” said Schaefer. “We walked out of there thinking we’re pretty good. We have another opportunity (against them in the championship game). I’m sure our kids are going to be excited. I’m going to be excited.”
A sold-our crowd is expected for the game with the majority likely being South Carolina fans. That doesn’t faze Schaefer.
“We’ll have to do it on their home court (again),” said Schaefer. “(We played) in front of 14,000 screaming fans (in the first game), so it won’t be anything we’re not used to.”
The rest of the nation will get the chance to watch the 2 p.m. CT SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game on ESPN2.