National Championship Preview: UConn vs. South Carolina | 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

UConn women’s basketball is back in the NCAA title game for the first time since 2016 by beating Stanford 63-58 in the Final Four on Friday night. UConn’s No. 2 seeded team will wear their blue National Flag uniforms away as they take on the No. 1 seed overall South Carolina Gamecocks in the national championship game.

The Huskies and Gamecocks faced off earlier this fall, where South Carolina dismantled a full UConn team in the Bahamas, 73-56 in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game on Nov. 22. The two schools were also due to face off on January 22. 27 in Columbia, South Carolina, but that game was canceled as both schools elected to create conference games as the Huskies recovered from their COVID-19 break. Since then, South Carolina has established itself as the best team in the nation with a stifling defense, holding three of its NCAA Tournament opponents to 50 points or less.

On Sunday night, they will square off in the title game, where UConn is targeting the program’s 12th national championship. A victory for the Gamecocks would give them their second title in program history and their second championship in the last five NCAA tournaments.

How to watch

Or: Target Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota

When: Sunday, April 3 — 8:00 p.m. ET

TV info: ESPN; Alternate broadcast with Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi on ESPN2

Who to follow

Our editors Daniel Connoly and Megan Gauler will tweet throughout the game with their thoughts and analysis – follow them on Twitter if you haven’t already. We will also be Tweeter and post on instagram UConn blog accounts!

Our photographer Ian Bethune is also in Minneapolis – be sure to follow him on Twitter and instagram for great photos of the Huskies tournament course.

how they got here

UConn got past No. 15 seed Mercer in the first round before struggling with but ultimately overcoming a UCF team that boasted one of the best defenses in the country to get through the first weekend. After that, they easily handled No. 3 seed Indiana at Bridgeport before defeating No. 1 seed NC State in an instant classic, winning 91-87 in double overtime and advancing to the 14th straight Final Four. from the program. Once the Huskies got to Minneapolis, they hit just enough shots to get past Stanford and reach this year’s title game.

The Gamecocks were awarded the tournament’s No. 1 seed despite an upset SEC Tournament loss to Kentucky but immediately showed why they are one of the best teams in the nation with a 79-21 win over No. 16 Howard and a 49-33 win over Miami. SC struggled with North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen, but won 69-61 and clinched their ticket to the Final Four with an 80-50 blowout over a Cinderella Creighton team.

While Louisville managed to keep things close with a run to close out the first half, the Gamecocks were too much for the Cardinals in the Final Four, and Dawn Staley’s team came away with a 72-59 victory for give the SC a chance to win. the second title in the program’s history.

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