The streak ends at 111. A buzzer-beater from 5-foot-5 Morgan William in overtime put the Mississippi State Bulldogs up 66-64 to end one of the most impressive win streaks of all time, 111-straight wins for the UConn Huskies.
The last times these two teams met — the Sweet 16 last year — UConn embarrassed Mississippi State with a 60-point, 98-38 victory.
The Bulldogs headed into the game as more than 20-point underdogs.
None of that mattered Friday.
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Mississippi State opened an early lead in the game, but saw UConn charge back to close the gap. An 8-point Bulldogs lead at the half quickly evaporated in the third quarter, and the second half was a blow-by-blow slugfest.
Victoria Vivians hit a shot clock-beating three to put Mississippi State up by one with just over a minute remaining in regulation, 60-59. UConn had a shot at the line to take the lead with under 30 seconds remaining, but Napheesa Collier only hit one of two free throws to tie it up at 60-all.
The Bulldogs called a timeout with 20.8 seconds remaining and possession of the ball, looking to hold for the last shot to win. That last-second attempt was blocked, and the game headed to extra time.
It took almost a minute and a half in overtime before anyone could score, but the Bulldogs took a 62-60 lead thanks to a pair of free throws from Breanna Richardson. Katie Lou Samuelson tied the game at 62-all with a minute and a half remaining thanks to an offensive rebound from Gabby Williams.
Teaira McCowan quickly put the Bulldogs back on top by 2, and Mississippi State took a lead into the final minute, and that lead held until the 30-second mark when a flagrant foul put UConn's Samuelson on the line, where she hit both shots to tie the game at 64-all.
The Huskies got the ball because of the flagrant, and with 26.6 seconds on the clock, but put up an air ball with 12 seconds left on the clock. Mississippi State had one chance left, and Morgan William took advantage.
With the clock winding down, the diminutive guard drove the lane and pulled up for a jumper, knocking down the shot to win the game.
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The true team effort for the Bulldogs saw four Mississippi State players finish with at least 10 points, with Vivians scoring 19 to lead the way. The hero of the night — William — finished with 13 points.