Destiny was on South Carolina’s side and that is why the Gamecocks won the NCAA Basketball Championship.
South Carolina raced to a 22-8 lead after one quarter Sunday in Minneapolis and UConn couldn’t catch up. The Gamecocks ran their record to 35-2 in downing the Huskies, 64-49.
As for Destiny, senior guard Destanni Henderson proved unstoppable. The 5-foot-7 Henderson scored 26 points, added 4 assists, 3 steals and a pair of rebounds in a stellar performance.
South Carolina won its second national championship while dealing Geno Auriemma his first loss in 12 national championship games.
Aliyah Boston added 11 points and 16 rebounds. It was the 6-foot-5 Boston’s 30th double-double of the season.
South Carolina destroyed UConn on the boards. The Gamecocks had 49 rebounds compared to 24 for the Huskies.
UConn was led by Paige Bueckers, its top player, but she only had 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
“I know I had to use my speed and stay with her,” Henderson said about thwarting Bueckers.
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South Carolina led 35-27 at the half and scored the first eight points of the third quarter to break the game open for all intents and purposes.
UConn did not score in the third quarter until 4:53 had elapsed.
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