By Aaron Randolph
Former Temple Owl, Dawn Staley, coached the Women’s South Carolina Gamecocks to a national championship on Sunday. The Gamecocks beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs 67-55 to take home the crown.
A’ja Wilson was able to help her team bring home the title behind her awesome game. Wilson scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds. Staley is the second African-american coach to win the title since the NCAA began being a sponsor for the women’s basketball tournament in 1982. The first coach to win the title was Carolyn Peck. Peck was able to lead the Purdue women’s basketball team to the championship in 1999.
Staley was a great guard coming out of Philadelphia. Staley is a on the list for the WNBA’S top 15 players of all time and is a six-time WNBA all-star. Staley also coached at Temple University for eight years before coaching the Gamecocks in 2008. Staley reached the final four three times as a player for Virginia, but couldn’t capture that championship. She also reached it as a coach; this was her second appearance as a coach in the past three seasons as the Gamecocks coach.
Staley was able to finally capture that National Championship she’s been chasing for years.