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 Connecticut36-1
2 Notre Dame33-4
3 South Carolina33-4
4 Maryland32-3
5 Baylor33-4
6 Stanford32-6
7 Mississippi State34-5
8 Oregon State31-5
9 Duke28-6
10 Florida State28-7
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut36-1
2 Notre Dame33-4
3 South Carolina33-4
4 Oregon State31-5
5 Mississippi State34-5
6 Stanford32-6
7 Baylor33-4
8 Duke28-6
9 UCLA25-9
10 Washington29-6
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