South Carolina 62, Mississippi State 51, women's college basketball final

Staff Writer

For the No. 2 Mississippi State basketball team, the magic run ended Sunday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena.

For the first time this season, the Bulldogs lost a basketball game.

Second-seeded South Carolina won its fourth-straight Southeastern Conference Tournament championship with a win over top-seeded Mississippi State before an MSU-dominated crowd of 8,215.

“Credit to South Carolina, they played very well today,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “They came out energized, ready to play. They do a great job of exposing your weaknesses. I thought this would be a game of toughness. I always talk about how tough our team is. I don’t like we are out-toughed. I will wear that as a coach; that is on me.

“We were out-rebounded by 15. That’s a toughness stat. In the first half, we settled for too many jump shots. They were fairly good looks. In the second half, we played harder, played better. We didn’t have enough today. We missed our fair share of layups. We didn’t make plays we normally make.”