Gamecocks look to make history against undefeated Bulldogs

South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson (22) and Mississippi State center Chinwe Okorie (45) react to an official's call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

It's another battle between the South Carolina and Mississippi State women's basketball teams in a big game.

The two teams have played in the last two SEC championship games and met in last year's national championship. The Gamecocks won all three of those battles.

On Sunday, however, it's Mississippi State who is the favorite going into the game... something that wasn't the case in those three previous meetings.

The Bulldogs are ranked 2nd in the country (the top seed at the SEC tournament) and haven't lost a game all year. The South Carolina Gamecocks are trying to become the first program to ever win four consecutive SEC tournament championships.

"Can we be the one (to beat Mississippi State)? That's why we play!" South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. "We need to keep the game close and put them in positions where it's unfamiliar for them."

The Gamecocks have won 11 straight SEC tournament games, also a record, and Gamecock star A'ja Wilson looks to close out her senior year with a perfect record at the conference tournament.

"It's just within me," Wilson said. "That's just how I was wired, honestly. I don't like to lose at all. When it comes to tournament time, I try and rally my team together and say, 'This is us. This is what we do.' Hopefully, they'll all get on this little train and we'll keep on going."

The two teams only met once during the regular season and Mississippi State won that game 67-53. The Gamecocks had a 5-point lead going into the 4th quarter of that game until the Bulldogs took over at the end.

The SEC championship between (1)Mississippi State and (2)South Carolina Gamecocks will tip-off at 4:30 pm ET on ESPN2.

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