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.
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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