However all through the event, South Carolina has discovered new and surprising methods to win. On Sunday, the Gamecocks did what they do finest: They attacked the basket and used their top to their benefit. On the finish of the primary quarter, the 6-foot-7 heart Kamilla Cardoso caught a cross over the top of 6-foot-1 Morgan Maly, a sophomore guard, to simply land a basket.
When Creighton’s Payton Brotzki tried to seize an offensive rebound within the fourth quarter, Boston rapidly intervened and gave her the facet look of an unwelcome customer.
If South Carolina’s relaxed sport relied on expertise, the Bluejays seemed nervous even once they made it by means of South Carolina’s towering protection, lacking layups they’d simply secured towards Iowa State on Friday. Their play was unfastened and shaky, their dependable 3-point sport unpredictable.
The Gamecocks are actually on a quest to proper the wrongs of the 2021 semifinals, once they misplaced to Stanford, the eventual champion, by 1 level.
Creighton has saved its opponents on their toes all through the competitors. The Bluejays took down No. 7 Colorado, No. 2 Iowa and No. 3 Iowa State to grow to be the uncommon No. 10 seed to succeed in the spherical of 8, making it for the primary time in this system’s historical past. What the Bluejays lacked in top, they made up for in constant protection and fluidity, taking an all-hands-on-deck strategy throughout the court docket and incessantly sending their largest gamers to the 3-point line.
Sophomore guard Lauren Jensen led the Bluejays with 12 factors.
The Bluejays, a comparatively younger crew, performed each sport prefer it was their final, desperate to show themselves on each shot, dribble, fake-out and drive. However their “we made it this far, why not us?” mentality, because the junior guard Carly Bachelor described it Saturday, might take them solely to date.