The clock struck midnight on Thursday for one of the last undefeated teams in NCAA basketball as No. 1 South Carolina was stunned by unranked Missouri 70-69 in overtime.
For the Tigers, it’s their first win over a No. 1 team. Previously, they had been 0-8 in matchups against top-ranked teams. They did so with just eight available players due to COVID-19 protocol. Leading scorer and rebounder, Aijha Blackwell, was one of the players absent from the game.
For the Gamecocks, the loss ends a streak of 43 wins in a row against unranked teams, the longest active streak in Division I. It’s just the seventh time since the 1999-2000 season that an unranked team has beaten the No. 1 team in DI women’s basketball.
Lauren Hansen played hero, laying one in at the buzzer to secure the win with just one-tenth of a second left on the clock.
LAUREN HANSEN FOR THE WIN TO HELP MIZZOU UPSET NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA 👑Big time players make big time plays. (via @NCAAWBB) pic.twitter.com/8Mk3wm9qGP— WSLAM (@wslam) December 31, 2021
LAUREN HANSEN FOR THE WIN TO HELP MIZZOU UPSET NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA 👑Big time players make big time plays. (via @NCAAWBB) pic.twitter.com/8Mk3wm9qGP
A last-ditch layup by star forward Aliyah Boston went in, however it came after the buzzer.
Hansen and teammate Hayley Frank led the way all game for the Tigers with 21 points apiece. Hansen added seven rebounds as teammate LaDazhia Williams scored 12 points and added 12 rebounds to secure the double-double. Four of the Tigers’ seven players who played ended the game in double-digits.
“We had belief in the eight we had available, and we didn’t stop believing for 45 minutes,” Frank said after the game. “This is the kind of game that I came to Mizzou for.”
Offensively, the Gamecocks struggled all game, shooting just 38.2 percent. Boston led the Gamecocks with 17 points and 12 rebounds. A slow start was once again an issue, with South Carolina down 32-26 at the half.
“We’re going to learn that we have to come out strong at the start of each game,” Boston said. “It’s a learning experience, and we’re going to bounce back from it. I have no doubt in my mind we’ll be able to bounce back and keep the train rolling.”
Missouri is now 4-8 against the Gamecocks, with every single one of the wins coming at home.