South Carolina vs. UConn: preview, picks for the 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship

South Carolina vs. UConn: preview, picks for the 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship

The 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball championship game will feature the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed South Carolina Gamecocks against the No. 2 seed UConn Huskies in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 3rd. UConn reached the Final Four for the 14th consecutive season but hasn’t won the national title since they won four in a row from 2013-16. South Carolina won it all more recently in 2017 and is favored to win their second national championship.

How to watch South Carolina vs. UConn
  • When: Sunday, April 3, 2022
  • Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sports Networks: ESPN
  • Live stream: (Try for free)

No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks 34-2 (15-1 SEC)

First Round: 79-21 vs. No. 16 Howard
Second Round: 49-33 vs. No. 8 Miami
Third Round: 69-61 vs. No. 5 North Carolina
Regional Final: 80-50 vs. No. 10 Creighton
Final Four: 72-59 vs. No. 1 Louisville
Leading scorer: Aliyah Boston (17 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: South Carolina won five NCAA Tournament games by an average margin of 37 points per game.

The Gamecocks moved through their way to the title game with triumphs by at least 10 focuses in four of their five games. Aliyah Boston keeps on setting up gigantic numbers as she scored 23 focuses with 18 bounce back in the Final Four triumph over the Louisville Cardinals. Her dash of twofold duplicates finished at 27 games in a 30-point win in the Elite Eight round over the Creighton Bluejays.

No. 2 UConn Huskies 30-5 (16-1 Big East)

First Round: 83-38 vs. No. 15 Mercer
Second Round: 52-47 vs. No. 7 UCF
Third Round: 75-58 vs. No. 3 Indiana
Regional Final: 91-87 vs. No. 1 NC State (2 OT)
Final Four: 63-58 vs. No. 1 Stanford
Leading scorer: Christyn Williams (14.6 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: Christyn Williams scored double-digit points in all five NCAA Tournament games, and Paige Bueckers put up at least nine in each of them.

UConn certainly has not had an easy path to get to this point and if the Huskies come away with a victory on Sunday night, that means they beat three No. 1 seeds in their route to a championship. The Huskies rank No. 3 nationally in field goal percentage, and they’re a much better shooting team than South Carolina from the floor.

The Gamecocks reached the Final Four by beating 10-seeded Creighton 80-50 and then dropping 1-seeded Louisville 72-59 on Friday to reach the title game. In the win over Louisville, Boston and her pink and purple braids scored 23 points and snagged 18 rebounds, the 29th double-double of her stellar season.
UConn, coached by Geno Auriemma, is led by its backcourt trio of guards in Bueckers, Christyn Williams and Azzi Fudd, who each average over 12 points a game on the season. The title game will take place in Minneapolis and is a homecoming for Bueckers, who grew up in the suburb of Hopkins.
This is UConn’s 14th consecutive Final Four appearance stretching back to 2007. The Huskies have made the championship game 11 times in their illustrious history — and have gone a perfect 11-0 in those contests.

South Carolina, under coach Dawn Staley, has made the Sweet 16 every year since 2014 and won its first national championship in 2017. They were the top-ranked team in the country in 2020 when the tournament was canceled due to Covid-19 and last year lost in the Final Four.
The two teams last played in the NCAA tournament in 2018, when UConn beat South Carolina 94-65 to go to the Final Four.

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