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 Notre Dame10-1
3 Louisville13-0
4 South Carolina10-1
5 Mississippi State11-0
6 Baylor9-1
7 Tennessee11-0
8 Texas9-1
9 Oregon9-2
10 West Virginia10-0
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut8-0
2 Notre Dame10-1
3 Mississippi State11-0
4 Green Bay9-1
5 Villanova9-0
6 Louisville13-0
7 Ohio State11-2
8 Rutgers12-2
9 Florida State10-1
10 Oregon9-2
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