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 Connecticut8-0
2 Texas7-0
3 Notre Dame9-1
4 Louisville11-0
5 South Carolina9-1
6 Mississippi State8-0
7 UCLA7-2
8 Baylor8-1
9 Oregon8-1
10 West Virginia8-0
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut8-0
2 Notre Dame9-1
3 Green Bay7-1
4 Louisville11-0
5 Mississippi State8-0
6 Villanova8-0
7 South Carolina9-1
8 West Virginia8-0
9 Ohio State9-2
10 Florida State9-0
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