Entering this past weekend, four NCAA women’s basketball teams made their way to the Stockton Arena. All with their eyes set on being handed a ticket to the Final Four in Dallas, Texas. The Stockton Arena was home to the one, two and three seeds of their bracket, South Carolina, Oregon State and Florida State respectively. As well as the 12 seed Quinnipiac who was looking to be the first 12 seed to ever reach the Final Four
To start off the tournament, South Carolina put an end to Quinnipiac’s Cinderella story by handing them a 100-58 loss. This advanced South Carolina to the Elite Eight and one step closer to Dallas. For the second game, on Saturday, it was a show down between the regular season Pac-12 champions, Oregon State, and the cross-country ACC team of Florida State. In this match up, the lower seed Florida State prevailed. The game between South Carolina and Florida State was now set to see who would make their appearance in Texas and have a chance to be crowned national champions.
South Carolina started the game strong and did not let Florida State come back. By halftime South Carolina had an 11-point lead, but with a few minutes remaining Florida State showed some drive and got the score within three points. The game ended with the final score being 71-64, and South Carolina is now headed to their second Final Four appearance in three seasons.