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Gamecocks return victorious to cheering Columbia

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Published: Mar. 29, 2022 at 3:03 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2022 at 7:05 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - After a phenomenal season, the Gamecocks won out over UConn at the Final Four. The final score of the championship ended 49 to 64. A full breakdown of the game can be found here.

Hundreds of fans gathered at the Colonial Life Arena Monday afternoon to greet them at around 2:30 p.m. Members of the team and coach Dawn Staley spoke to the gathered crowd.

Staley praised UofSC and the fans for their support throughout the season, “You put energy into our players to play their very best each and every time they step on the floor.”

Plans are currently being worked on for a parade later in the week, details have yet to be released.

VICTORY CELEBRATIONS

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President Biden tweeted congratulations to the Gamecocks for their national title win.

Vice President Kamala Harris also joined in the celebrations Monday afternoon.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham extended his congratulations to the team over social media.

Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann sent his congratulations to the Gamecocks on their big win and suggested a parade in celebration.

Musician and Gamecock Darius Rucker tweeted several times about having a concert on the Horseshoe in celebration of the national title win.

The UofSC flag flew at the State House Monday in recognition of the Gamecock’s win. Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted a photo of the flag with the caption “Go Gamecocks!”.

CHAMPIONSHIP DAY: SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2022

Sunday’s game started with a strong performance for the Gamecocks. At the Half time they were up 35 to 27.

WIS News 10 was live in Minneapolis Sunday as the team set off from their hotel with fans cheering them on.

SEMIFINALS

After a dominating performance, the South Carolina Women’s Basketball team has made it to the national championship with a win over Louisville, 72-59. The Gamecocks will now face UConn for the national title.

On Saturday, WIS10 anchor Judi Gatson did a Facebook live giving a look at “Party on the Plaza” at the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

BEFORE THE SEMI FINALS, FRIDAY APRIL 1, 2022

On Friday WIS News 10 was at the scene as the Gamecocks left their hotel into the semi final game.

THURSDAY MARCH 31, 2022

Thursday morning on March, 31, 2022 WIS News 10 live streamed from the tournament as preparations get underway. Judi Gatson and Rick Henry provided a behind the scenes look and talked about the team’s practice.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 30, 2022

Wednesday afternoon Dawn Staley was selected as the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Staley was also named the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year.

Aliyah Boston has been named the 2022 Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year. Boston has averaged 8.3 defensive rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game this season.

On Wednesday the team let their fans know they arrived in Minneapolis and provided send off details.

TUESDAY MARCH, 29, 2022

Tune in Thursday, March 31, 2022 for a special report at 7 p.m. on the Gamecocks at the Final...
Tune in Thursday, March 31, 2022 for a special report at 7 p.m. on the Gamecocks at the Final Four.(WIS News 10)

The team posted Tuesday a change to their travel plans.

Our Rick Henry and Judi Gatson will start our coverage Thursday where they’ll be providing updates on the tournament both on air and on-line. The game is scheduled for Friday April 1, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Target Center.

Stay up to date with the latest details here and with our social media on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to tune in Thursday at 7 p.m. to WIS 10 for a special report on the tournament.

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