South Carolina tops Mississippi State for first national title

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(TSX / STATS) -- DALLAS -- South Carolina fended off Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi State for the biggest prize in women's college basketball.

The Gamecocks led by as many as 14 points in the second half, then survived a Bulldogs charge to claim a 67-55 victory in the NCAA Tournament championship game on Sunday evening at the American Airlines Center.

In doing so, South Carolina (33-4), making its second Final Four appearance under head coach Dawn Staley, won its first national championship.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut4-0
2 Texas3-0
3 South Carolina4-0
4 Louisville5-0
5 UCLA3-1
6 Notre Dame3-0
7 Mississippi State3-0
8 Baylor3-1
9 Ohio State4-1
10 Oregon4-1
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Louisville5-0
2 Connecticut4-0
3 California2-1
4 Green Bay3-0
5 Utah3-1
6 Yale3-1
7 New Mexico4-0
8 Kansas3-0
9 St. John's2-0
10 Stony Brook3-0
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