Mississippi State fell to South Carolina tonight, 67-55 in the NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship.
Earlier: In the final minutes of the game and in the immediate aftermath, the story wasn't South Carolina's first national title in program history. Rather, it was a controversial decision made by Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer.
Schaefer elected to sit one his top players, guard Morgan William, for the entire fourth quarter. William, the Bulldogs' second-leading scorer (10.9 ppg), was the hero of Friday night's historic win over undefeated UConn.
While William did not play particularly well through the first three quarters --eight points, four assists on 2-of-6 shooting--it was surprising to see her totally benched.
Twitter let Schaefer have it as his decision was widely ridiculed.
We're still waiting on Schaefer's explanation on why he benched William.
For what it's worth, Mississippi State was already down eight entering the fourth. Still, at that point in the year, you're better off riding with your best personnel even if they are having a subpar game.
Update: Here's what Schaefer apparently had to say about his decision.
There it is.