Women's Final Four 2022: How the national championship matchup was set

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The South Carolina Gamecocks and UConn Huskies won Friday in the women's Final Four to advance to Sunday's national championship game (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

In a non-conference game on Nov. 22 this season, the Gamecocks beat the Huskies 73-57 in a 1-2 showdown in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

UConn is back in the NCAA title game for the first time since 2016 after eliminating the defending champion Stanford Cardinal 63-58.

It's UConn's 12th appearance in the title game; the 11-time national champion Huskies have never lost in the championship.

UConn snapped a four-game losing streak in the national semifinals. UConn sophomore Paige Bueckers, a Minneapolis native, scored 14 points to lead UConn.

Haley Jones had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford (32-4), which had won 24 consecutive games.

Earlier Friday, the Gamecocks beat the Louisville Cardinals 72-59 in a battle of No. 1 seeds. Aliyah Boston had 23 points and 18 rebounds for her 29th double-double this season. 

UConn to play South Carolina in NCAA women’s basketball champion