South Carolina defeated UConn to win NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

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

A year that South Carolina ran 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.

The Gamecocks (35-2) were dominant from the jump, and edged out to an 11-2 lead before UConn coach Geno Auriemma called the time-out. Immediately, it was clear that UConn (30-6) had no answer for the size of South Carolina. The Gamecocks defeated the Huskies 12-3 in the first quarter, with seven offensive rebounds. The first quarter ended with South Carolina ahead, 22-8.

South Carolina guard Zia Cooke reacts in the first half against the UConn Huskies.

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

The leader in that division for South Carolina, as she has been all season, was Aliyah Boston. The female player of the year finished with 11 points and a team-high 16 rebounds for her 30th double-double of the season.

Destanni Henderson scored a career-high and game-high 26 points behind aggressive play, sometimes driving through the track at will.

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