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Gonzaga also closed in around SC star Sindarius Thornwell, frustrating the NCAA Tournament's leading scorer all game.

The North Carolina Tar Heels have the advantage on paper over the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the 2017 national championship game on Monday.

"I was just really, really proud of our guys, our late-game execution", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. She was able to come back for the Stockton Regional, where she had a combined 30 points and 12 rebounds in victories over Quinnipiac and Florida State.

The Bulldogs moved away from the perimeter late in the game, turning inside to 7-foot-1-inch senior Przemek Karnowski to grab back momentum. "This is a very special team", said Wilson, who had 13 points and 19 rebounds. "I had four fouls today".

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Gonzaga (37-1) will play the victor of North Carolina-Oregon on Monday night.

Stanford missed three shots on its next possession, and SC quickly extended the lead on freshman Tyasha Harris' one-handed bullet pass to Doniyah Cline, who was open under the basket for a layup. SC passed the ball around and Gonzaga fouled Sindarius Thornwell before he could shoot with 3.5 seconds left.

Thornwell made the first free throw and line-drived the second for a deliberate miss, but the rebound stayed near the rim, allowing Gonzaga backup post player Killian Tillie to grab it before he was fouled.

Mississippi State led 64-62 before a replay review gave Katie Lou Samuelson the two free throws that tied the game.

"We said all year that we're a tight group", Williams-Goss said.

She got bumped and started to lose her balance, but the lefty tossed up a shot as she fell to the ground and was fouled.

"The plan was to miss it left and hopefully Chris (Silva) could tap it out to somebody", he said. "And when things got tough we banded together and pulled through".

"There was no way I was going to come out of the game".

A 7-0 run in the final two minutes of the half for the Bulldogs sent them into the break with their biggest lead of the game to that point, 45-36. "Now we're 40 minutes from a championship". SC leaned on a balanced offense early to keep pace, with six different players scoring for the team in the opening 10 minutes. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks scored 5 straight to get within 74-72 with just over 2 minutes left. We never thought we'd be here, but we worked every day. "And we try to do our best to respond the way we learn how to respond". Coach always says we can't just talk the talk, we had to walk the walk. My drive, they forced me to pass it out on my drives. And his backcourt mate Rakym Felder drew the wrath of SC coach Frank Martin, who came onto the court midway through the first half to give a piece of his mind to the freshman guard. Karnowski, who said he was bothered by some blurred vision, left for the last 5 minutes of the half, but Collins picked him up, finishing with 8 points at halftime.BIG PICTURESouth Carolina: The Gamecocks entered the tournament having last won a game in 1973.

"I got blocked but he just put the finger in my eye", Karnowski said. "I couldn't really open it".

"That's my roomie, and my best friend", Wilson said of Gray, "and for her to get that [three-point play] and show emotion, when people normally don't think she does, it shows how the game can bring out the best in everyone".

As it had been all tournament long, though, no lead was safe from the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The official who received death threats from Kentucky fans after the Elite Eight is the crew chief for the Final Four game between SC and Gonzaga. Gonzaga has been one of the tournament's mainstays winning 21 games in the 18 consecutive years the Zags have reached the NCAA under Few.

The combination of high-scoring senior guard Sindarius Thornwell and some hellacious wear-you-down defense has been more than good enough in the past two weeks, however, as SC knocked off the No. 2 (Duke), No. 3 (Baylor) and No. 4 (Florida) seeds in the East.

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