Just two days after Mississippi State pulled off the major upset of UConn, they were ousted by South Carolina on Sunday night for the National Title. A'ja Wilson scored 23 points, giving the Gamecocks a 67-55 victory, securing their first ever championship. South Carolina was last in the Final Four two years ago, but fell to Notre Dame then. Now, head coach Dawn Staley took them all the way, which is something she couldn't do as a player, despite three Final Four appearances. The Bulldogs could not bring the momentum of their stunning victory Friday night, headlined by the winning shot from Morgan William, who was held to just eight points on Sunday. Victoria Vivians led the scoring for the Bulldogs with 11 points in the loss. It was the third defeat of the season against South Carolina for Mississippi State, as they also fell to them in the regular season and SEC Tournament.
LeBron's Monster Night Leads Cavs in 2OT Win
LeBron James always seems to take over in thrillers, and Sunday night would qualify, as he made a clutch three-pointer in the final minute, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 135-130 double-overtime win over the Indiana Pacers. James finished the night with a monster triple-double of 41 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists, but did have a notable argument with Tristan Thompson during the second overtime. James quickly shut down any type of drama between the two, stating that he apologized to Thompson and took the blame for the incident. Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Kyrie Irving made huge free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory in a potential first round playoff preview. The win overshadows Paul George's big game, as he went off for 43 points, including 19 straight in the overtimes. He also had nine rebounds and nine assists in the loss. With the Celtics' win over the Knicks on Sunday afternoon, the Cavs remain a half game out for the top spot in the East, and will visit Boston on Wednesday.
Cardinals, Diamondbacks Walk-Off on Opening Day
The 2017 Major League Baseball season kicked off on Sunday with a triple-header of action, two of which provided exciting finishes. First, the Chicago Cubs began their World Series title defense with a close contest with an old rival. After Wilson Contreras tied the game with a three-run big fly in the ninth, Randal Grichuk came through with a walk-off single for a 4-3 Cardinals win over the Cubs. Grichuk also had a big eighth-inning home run to extend what was a 3-0 lead. Jose Martinez's pinch-hit double began the ninth-inning rally, as St. Louis looks to return to the postseason after missing out last year for the first time since 2010. Out west, despite Madison Bumgarner's historic performance on the mound and at the plate, the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied with two runs in the ninth for a 6-5 win over the San Francisco Giants. New Giant closer Mark Melancon surrendered the walk-off single to Chris Owings, scoring A.J. Pollock, who singled home the tying run. Bumgarner became the first pitcher to hit two home runs on Opening Day, while also retiring the first 16 batters he faced. He ended up striking out 11 while walking none in seven innings, but his bullpen could not hang to the lead to begin the season.