Miss State earns second straight trip to women's final

NCAA women's Final Four: UConn-Miss. St.; Notre Dame-Louisville in battles of #1 seeds

Asia Durr leading Louisville's chase for championship

The No. 1 seed is playing in the Final Four against fellow No. 1 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs have rolled through the tournament so far, winning each game by double digits, including an 89-73 win over UCLA in the Elite Eight. But the Bulldogs lost in the championship game to SC. Just 10 seconds earlier she had given the Cardinals a three-point lead, choosing to widen the lead instead of waiting to get fouled and running out the clock.

Mississippi State, of course, is coming off of a loss to SC in the championship a year ago after one of the most dramatic wins in NCAA women's history. Neither Louisville nor Mississippi State has won a national championship, as both teams have finished as runners-up in each of their previous Final Four trips.

Durr has been spectacular in the postseason in leading the Cardinals to the ACC Championship win over Notre Dame and throughout the four rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinals, who are making their third Final Four trip under coach Jeff Walz, are hoping to get past Mississippi State for some potential revenge of their own. The Bulldogs' lone finals appearance came last season versus SC. Mississippi State is slightly better on the offensive end, as it scores an average of 82 points per game, while Louisville scores an average of 77.7 points per game.

Louisville is 2-0 all-time in national semifinal games as it has advanced to the title game in 2009 and 2013, losing in the championship to UConn both times. She grabbed 25 rebounds to go along with 21 points.

Myisha Hines-Allen had to know it was all but over the moment no whistle was blown after she was muscled into the backstop on that layup attempt in the closing seconds of regulation. With all this firepower, this Final Four matchup could be a high scoring affair.

After falling in the championship game to SC previous year, the Bulldogs are 36-1 this season, with their only loss coming in the SEC tournament final, also to the Gamecocks.

The victor of this game will play for the national championship game on Sunday night at 6 p.m. on ESPN and play the victor of Notre Dame-UConn.

The women's basketball national championship will be Sunday, April 1.

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