Not more than a minute later, it was still a one-point game.
Mississippi State survives, advances and plans to take advantage of that new life heading into the women's national championship game.
That's because, this year, the Bulldogs have absolutely owned Louisville, knocking them out of three postseason events. McCowan finished with 21 points and 25 rebounds, bringing her NCAA tournament total to 92 rebounds - nearly 20 more than any other player in history.
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Louisville's Asia Durr (25) tries to drive Mississippi State's Jordan Danberry (24), who was outstanding for State. Coach Vic Schaefer marked up the score sheet in silence. Coincidentally, Louisville has not allowed a team to shoot better than 50% from the field all season. "Offensively and defensively, they're a mirror image".
But here's the deal: The Bulldogs needed all that - and they needed more, much more. The four participating teams have a combined 6 losses for the entire season and other those six losses, four of them have come against teams in the Final Four. SC in the SEC Tournament.
The Mississippi State-Louisville game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Louisville's 36 wins this season were a program-record. But even more important is FORCING turnovers for MSU.
Louisville had a rough season on the men's side, but the women are doing just fine thanks for asking. They trailed for much of the game.
- The two lone losses of the season from Louisville came when the Cardinals made less than seven triples. However, each bold choice that Schaefer made in this game would payoff. Arica Carter rounded out the Cards' foursome with 7.3 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds, while shooting 3-of-9 from beyond the arc. "And I was like, I guess I'll go get it, and my team trusted me to have the ball at the end".
Louisville forward Myisha Hines-Allen said she's not intimidated.
The Bulldogs knocked off Louisville 73-63 in overtime on Friday night from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. In my opinion, the player that presents the biggest match-up problem is Hines-Allen.
Her older sister Michaela also played for the Irish. Her return to the game with 6:59 left in the fourth quarter with four fouls sparked an 8-0 run that erased Louisville's biggest lead, 53-46. The Bulldogs sealed the victory with free throws in the final minute.
Certainly, this Mississippi State team is good enough to where they can play their game and feel good about their chances to win but this is probably their toughest match-up and game of the season.