UConn falls behind by 16 early to Mississippi State

Mississippi State is taking it to UConn early. (AP)
Mississippi State is taking it to UConn early. (AP)

Mississippi State has given UConn all it can handle and then some, as the Bulldogs utilized a 14-0 run across the first and second quarters to build a lead as large as 16 in the second semifinal game of the Final Four.

The Huskies immediately answered with a 12-0 spurt to cut what was once a 29-13 deficit to 29-25 midway through the second quarter, but there remains plenty of work to be done.

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UConn trailed 22-13 at the end of the first quarter, with the nine-point deficit marking its biggest deficit of the season. The Huskies had never even trailed at the end of the first quarter in a game since they faced Texas on Dec. 4.

If UConn is to extend its win streak to 112 and play for a 12th national title Sunday against South Carolina, it will have to continue its climb out of an early hole and hit the glass hard: Mississippi State is leading the rebounds 17-10.

In any event, this is much more entertaining than these two teams’ meeting in the Sweet 16 a year ago, when UConn won 98-38.

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