SC also won 64-61 at home and 59-49 win in the SEC Women's Tournament Championship game last month.
DALLAS (AP) - NCAA women's basketball champion Dawn Staley says she would accept an invitation to the White House if offered.
SC head coach Dawn Staley signals toher players during the first half against Mississippi State in the final of NCAA women's Final Four college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Dallas. Four-time defending champion UConn is not playing for a fifth straight title because, of course, Mississippi State upset the Huskies Friday night in a national semifinal game.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said a parade for the women's team would take place Sunday.
After the Sunday night win, SC alumnus and Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted "Let's raise the flag on the Dome tonight!"
The two teams squared off this season with the Gamecocks winning both previous meetings. Thanks to South Carolina's nine-point victory over Stanford, the Bulldogs and the Gamecocks will now meet for the third time this season, in an SEC-themed national championship. We knew we needed to get past them.
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Wilson, who grew up in SC, blocked a shot on one end of the court and then hit a short jumper in the lane that started a 12-2 run to put the game away. A'ja Wilson posted her fourth NCAA tournament double-double with 13 points and a career-tying 19 rebounds.
Last year's game was played on a Tuesday.
The TV broadcasters reported that Mississippi State head coach Vic Shaefer yelled at William in the huddle, asking her if she was going to put in the maximum effort.
SC (33-4) turned a 10-point halftime lead into a 45-31 advantage midway through the third quarter before the Bulldogs rallied. That brought a huge cheer from the thousands of Mississippi State fans who made the 8-hour trip from Starkville, Mississippi. It's Mississippi State's first trip to the Final Four and the second for the Gamecocks, who beat frequent Final Four qualifier Stanford in the semifinals.
Reserve forward Chinwe Okorie hit a jumper from the free-throw line, then Dillingham, who played most of the first half with two fouls, drove for a basket.
The Bulldogs will try to knock off a third consecutive No. 1 seed Sunday night, two days after ending UConn's record 111-game winning streak on Morgan William's breathtaking, buzzer-beating jumper. When the time came to play UConn, they still had that game on their mind.