Mississippi State University, alumni, and fans know Morgan William as “Itty Bitty” because of her small size. She was told that she was not big enough to play D1 Women’s Basketball in the SEC. Tonight, in Oklahoma City William’s size did not matter because she stole the show as #2 seed Mississippi State defeat #1 seed Baylor in OT 94-85 to reach its first Final Four berth.
Morgan William scored a career-high 41 points—going 6 of 8 from 3 point range—and had seven assists as she became Mississippi State Women’s Basketball program all-time assist leader. She was the leader on the floor in the game with no turnovers and distributing the basketball to her teammates around her.
William, a 5’5 guard, really she is about 5’2, was chosen Most Outstanding Player of the Oklahoma City Regional. She set a school record for the most points in an NCAA Tournament game.
Immediately after the game, William broke down in tears during an interview alongside coach Vic Schaefer, who said Saturday marked the three-year anniversary of her dad’s passing. “This is for my dad” said William, who lost her stepfather, Donnie Rory, at the age of 44 on March 24, 2014.
Coach Schaefer also said this about William, “She is an unbelievable competitor. You can’t do it without leadership. I got the best quarterback in the country right here.”
MSU defense caused 17 Baylor turnovers to just four for the Bulldogs. Mississippi State scored 20 points off the Baylor turnovers.
Victoria Vivians scored 24 points and Teaira McCowan added 10 for Mississippi State (33-4).
Kalani Brown scored 27 points and Nina Davis had 18 for Baylor (33-4), which lost in the Elite Eight for the fourth consecutive year.
What’s next: Mississippi State moves on to the Women’s Final Four and will face the winner of Monday’s UConn-Oregon game at 7:06 p.m. ET on ESPN.
As a proud alumni, I must say HAILSTATE LADIES!!! On your way to Dallas in the FINAL FOUR!!!