It’s down to two teams. South Carolina and UConn are competing in tonight’s 2022 NCAA women’s basketball national championship game (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Both UConn and South Carolina’s women’s basketball teams are undefeated in NCAA national championship games, though UConn has won 11 titles compared to South Carolina’s lone win (2017). That said, no player on either UConn or South Carolina’s roster has ever competed in a national championship game.
On Her Turf is providing live updates and highlights during tonight’s national championship game.
Live Updates: South Carolina vs. UConn – 2022 National Championship Game
UConn starting lineup:
- Aaliyah Edwards
- Paige Bueckers
- Christyn Williams
- Olivia Nelson-Ododa
- Azzi Fudd
South Carolina starting lineup:
- Zia Cooke
- Destanni Henderson
- Aliyah Boston
- Victaria Saxton
- Brea Beal
South Carolina vs. UConn: Live updates from the first quarter:
9:38 1Q: And the 2022 women’s basketball national championship game is underway! South Carolina gets on the board first with a three-pointer from Destanni Henderson.
6:35 1Q: Geno’s expression says it all. Less than four minutes in, South Carolina leads 11-2, due in part to FIVE(!) offensive rebounds, three from Aliyah Boston.
Can’t stop thinking about this Geno Auriemma quote about Aliyah Boston:
“I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that she might be the hardest person in America to guard. She scores if there’s 1, 2, 3, 4 people on her… How do we guard her? I don’t know. I’m open for suggestions.”
— Alex Azzi (@AlexAzziNBC)
2:52 1Q: Zia Cooke looks so confident tonight. She has eight points so far in tonight’s championship game, including a nice layup just now to put South Carolina up 17-4.
0:00 1Q: Wow. At the end of the first quarter, South Carolina leads UConn 22-8.
Stat of the game so far: rebounding. South Carolina currently has a 12-3 advantage with rebounds, including 7 offensive rebounds to zero from UConn.
As Geno Auriemma just told ESPN’s Holly Rowe, “We either rebound, or it’s going to get worse than this.”
South Carolina vs. UConn: Highlights from the second quarter:
6:57 2Q: Paige Bueckers with some really pretty dribbling to make it a…. 14-point game (video below).
Wheelin’ through traffic to sink a fadeaway jumper.
It’s the hustle, skill and patience for us. X 🎥
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessWBB)
03:58 2Q: With Aliyah Boston subbed out, UConn is able to make a bit of a dent. Carolina Ducharme makes it 21-32.
1:25 2Q: Aliyah Boston is back in, but UConn is on a nine-point run! Evina Westbrook cuts South Carolina’s lead to seven points.
0:00 2Q: At the end of the first half, South Carolina leads UConn with a score of 35-27. The Huskies actually outscored the Gamecocks during the second quarter, 19-13. That includes nine points from Paige Bueckers, who didn’t record a point during the first quarter.
Also of note: Azzi Fudd started the game for UConn, but subbed out five minutes into the first quarter and hasn’t gone back in. According to the ESPN broadcast, she missed shootaround earlier today due to illness.
South Carolina vs. UConn – Third quarter live updates:
10:00 3Q: Azzi Fudd is back in. ESPN’s Holly Rowe reports that “a bug” has been going around the UConn team, and notes that Evina Westbrook was seen limping at halftime. UConn already has a short roster, with just 10 players dressed tonight compared to 15 for South Carolina.
9:00 3Q: Interesting stat from basketball expert Howard Megdal, founder and editor of The Next:
Azzi Fudd and Christyn Williams combined for 40 points against NC State. Zero so far tonight.
— Howard Megdal (@howardmegdal)
7:40 3Q: Uh, can we talk about this block from Paige Bueckers?
— ESPN (@espn)
How to watch UConn and South Carolina in tonight’s women’s basketball national championship game:
|Teams||Time (ET)||TV Channel||Location|
|South Carolina vs. UConn||8 p.m.||ESPN||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
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What’s at stake for UConn women’s basketball:
- While this is UConn’s 14th straight Final Four appearance, this is the first time the Huskies will compete in the NCAA women’s basketball championship game since 2016. That year, UConn won a fourth straight NCAA title.
- UConn will be aiming to win its 12th women’s basketball national title in program history, all earned under head coach Geno Auriemma, beginning in 1995.
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History on the line for the South Carolina Gamecocks:
- Tonight will mark South Carolina’s second time in the women’s basketball national championship game. The Gamecocks emerged victorious in their only other appearance (2017), defeating Mississippi State 67-55. Head coach Dawn Staley led that team, too.
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What they’re saying ahead of the UConn vs. South Carolina national championship game:
Dawn Staley on South Carolina (1-for-1) and UConn (11-for-11) both being undefeated in national championship games:
“We can talk about the numbers, but the numbers give them no edge. The numbers aren’t going to give us an edge. Our season, the great season that we’ve had, it’s not going to give us an edge tomorrow. We’ve got to play it. They’ve got to play it because we’re not going to be thinking about — (Geno) is not going to be thinking about, oh, we’re 11-0. We got the 12th one in the bag. We’re not going to think, oh, here’s UConn. We’re going to automatically win. You can’t go into games thinking that way. You’ve got to play. And we’re going to play off of this year. We’re not going to play their history.”
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UConn head coach Geno Auriemma on coaching against Dawn Staley and the two teams’ undefeated records in national championship games:
“I think her team has a great chance to win a National Championship. I think my team has a chance to win a National Championship. But in terms of me personally or Dawn personally, I don’t think either of us — at least I don’t. I don’t want to speak for Dawn. But I feel like once this game starts, once you get to tip-off, you kind of relinquish about 80% of the control to the players, and they now have the ability to win it or they don’t. And you can coach the best game of your life and lose. You can make the most mistakes you’ve ever made coaching a game, and your team will find a way to win.”
Geno Auriemma on UConn’s game plan to contain Aliyah Boston:
“I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that she might be the hardest person in America to guard. She scores if there’s one, two, three, four people on her. It doesn’t matter. She’s able to carve out the space she wants. She gets the ball on the rim whenever she wants. She rebounds whichever ball she goes after. She just has a knack.
“And I think when you can anchor your team with that, then you can go into every game as a coach pretty confident that you might not have other pieces working that day, but you got that piece working. That’s the most important. I think she’s the most important person in the country in terms of what she does for her team.
“How do we guard her? I don’t know. I’m open for suggestions.”
Aliyah Boston on what it was like to play in front of 18,000 fans at the Target Center during Friday’s Final Four game:
“You think about people on social media and they always have something to say about women’s basketball. Nobody watches it, nobody really cares.
“I mean, 18,000 people last night for March Madness was amazing. Looking at the little girls in the stands, it’s like, wow, we are really helping young girls. Because, I mean, we were in those stands. I remember being in the stands watching the Final Four games.
“To be playing and girls coming up to me after games asking me to sign something or take a picture, it’s like we’re really making an impact and women’s basketball is something that’s going to continue to grow.”
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Paige Bueckers on how UConn has evolved since losing to South Carolina, 73-57, in the Bahamas in November:
“I think we’re a lot more confident team. I think we’re more a team that understands their roles and I think different people have had to step up. I think we’re a team that’s going to use their depth more and we’re much more confident team. Everybody knows their roles and what they have to deal with. I think we’re a completely different team than the first time we played.”
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