University of South Carolina women’s basketball team climbed over Mississippi State in the national championship game 67-55 for their first championship win in school history. Head coach Dawn Staley becomes the second African-American coach to win a title since NCAA began sponsoring a basketball tournament for women in 1982. Leading the University of Virginia to the Final Four 3 times (1990-1992), Staley was never able to clinch the champion trophy. Here’s a bit of the press conference.
“I was exhausted, because I wanted it so much,” Staley said. “I put so much work and energy into being a national champion that the emotion was just to cry. To let it out. And 25 years later, no tears. Just going to enjoy it.”
Oh wait there’s more….. On March 10th Staley was named head coach of Team USA this summer. She had this to say,
“As a player, I was humbled each time I wore the uniform and this feels no different. I will do my very best to uphold the standards and winning tradition of the national team, and must thank the selection committee for having faith in my abilities as a coach to trust me with such an important role. I would also like to thank my teams at Temple and South Carolina for putting me in this coveted position. They allowed me to learn and grow on the job and I am truly grateful.”
#BlackGirlMagic NEVER STOPS!!