Mar 29

No. 1 seed Gamecocks, No. 2 Seminoles meet in regional final

<!– google_ad_section_start –> GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Dawn Staley has spent seven years building South Carolina’s program to obtain to this point – past the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, playing to reach the Final Four.Florida State coach Sue Semrau has spent even longer trying to reach the tournament’s final weekend.The Greensboro Region on Sunday final is a rare opportunity for both programs. It’s only the second Elite Eight appearance for either school, with one team set to make its first trip to the Final Four in Tampa.The No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2) survived a tense complete to beat North Carolina 67-65 on Tiffany Mitchell’s last-second layup.South Carolina had lost twice before in the regional semifinals under Staley, including a year ago to the Tar Heels. The Gamecocks are in their first regional final since 2002.”Our team has been a creature of habit,” Staley said Saturday. ”We’ve been able to focus on the task at hand & we’ve been able to turn the page & focus in on the next task. Obviously, it’s a tremendous win for our program. It’s a tremendous milestone. But it’s not our destination game.” View gallery Florida State’s Adut Bulgak hugs coach Sue Semrau following a women’s college basketball reg … Junior Tina Roy said she thought there was ”kind of a weight lifted” by getting past the Sweet 16 for the Southeastern Conference champions, who spent 12 weeks at No. 1. …

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