South Carolina routs Texas 62-34 to reach women's Final Four

Texas guard Celeste Taylor is pressured by South Carolina guard Brea Beal.

SAN ANTONIO — The details in the rivalry have changed, the result has not.

Dawn Staley and South Carolina got the upper hand on Vic Schaefer once again Tuesday night, routing sixth-seeded Texas 62-34 to reach the Final Four. The top-seeded Gamecocks will play the winner of Louisville-Stanford on Friday night.

This will be South Carolina’s third trip to the Final Four – all since Staley took over. The Gamecocks made it in 2015 and 2017, when they won their first national title.

Before being hired at Texas last April, Schaefer spent eight years at Mississippi State, and he and Staley had some epic battles for control of the Southeastern Conference. Staley got the best of most of them, including beating Schaefer’s Bulldogs for the SEC tournament title in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020, and, in the biggest prize of all, in the 2017 national championship game.

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