South Carolina vs. NC State: NCAA Women's Tournament Final Four Scores, Updates

Madness is nearing its end. After two weeks of basketball, only four teams remain and that will be whittled down to two at the end of the night.

In the first national semi-final, the no. 1 South Carolina to take on NC State 3 in the Final Four tip-off Friday. Don Staley's Gamecocks are still undefeated at 36-0. A year ago, a very different undefeated South Carolina team was knocked out of the Final Four by Iowa; Will the GameCox enter the title game and end this season on a high?

Then the marquee matchup of the night notes when Kaitlyn Clark and No. 1 Iowa face the Paige Bukers and No. 3 UConn. Both superstars and their coaches insist the showdown is not about Clark vs. Bookers, although plenty of eyes will be on both.

It should be a wonderful activity. Follow along live as the teams battle for a spot in Sunday's championship game.

Final Four Friday Schedule

Women's Table (Eastern at all times):

7 pm – no. 1 South Carolina vs. no. 3 NC State (ESPN)

9:30 PM – No. 1 Iowa vs. no. 3 UConn (ESPN)

live23 updates

  • This is the kind of dominance Dan Staley wants from Cardoso. His season high was 23 points and his career high was 25. He almost certainly eclipsed those in the biggest game of his career as a starter.

  • NC State is in trouble. South Carolina started the third quarter on a 16-5 run, and Camila Cardoso was fine. She runs to the floor. Gamecocks lead, 48-36 with 6:28 left in the third. Can the Wolfpack come up with an answer against the best team in the country?

  • South Carolina is 5-0 to start the third, and Camila Cardoso is running with no apparent limitations. Best scenario for the Gamecocks who now lead 37-31.

  • Good news for Gamecox. Camila Cardoso heats up in the third quarter.

  • The good news for NC State is that it's 36.4% overall and 3-of-10 from 3-point range, trailing by one at halftime. The T Wolfpack advanced to this point by shooting better than 43% each at Tennessee, Stanford and Texas. Those games and at least five 3s. Against Texas, the Wolfpack scored nine, tying a season high of two.

    For South Carolina, going without Cardoso in the second half will be a tall task, as he has dominated so far. She returned as the team warmed up at halftime. She has kinesiology tape around her left knee.

  • 2Q result: South Carolina 32, NC State 31

    A much closer first two quarters than many expected in Cleveland. Camilla Curtozo's position looks huge on the break.

  • South Carolina led 32-31 at halftime. All eyes are on Camila Cardoso's health. She left for the locker room in the closing moments of the half after appearing to twist her ankle. The South Carolina center was responsible for 16 points and seven rebounds in the second quarter.

    NC State countered with an aggressive defense that forced 10 South Carolina turnovers. All-ACC guard Asiaha James scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

  • Camila Cardoso returned to the locker room after a second-quarter delay. The nature of his injury is unclear, but is a concern for South Carolina. The All-SEC center dominated the game early with 16 points and seven rebounds. It was unlikely that we would see her again before the break.

  • Muddy ball defense is an early theme. South Carolina had 10 turnovers midway through the second quarter. NC State has seven.

  • Camila Cardoso took over. The All-SEC center had 14 points and was 6-for-6 from the field. He has scored 10 straight GameCox points. South Carolina leads 26-22.

  • It's a battle in a quarter. All-ACC guard Asiaha James led NC State with eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to tie the game 16-16. .

  • A strong start for NC State has the Wolfpack up 12-9 at the first intermission (3:11 into the first quarter). Asiaha James had two 3-pointers, while both teams turned the ball over four times in a somewhat sluggish opening quarter. How will South Carolina respond?

  • NC State responds with seven unanswered points to take a 7-5 lead. An Asia James puts the Wolfpack ahead.

  • We're out. South Carolina won the opening game and advanced to the final four. Te-Hina Paopao and Raven Johnson followed with a floater and 3 for a 5-0 Gamecocks lead in the first.

  • Moments of note with NC State marring South Carolina's undefeated season two wins short of a national championship.

  • Ranking of the women's final four starters from 1-20

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  • With both teams still standing, UConn and NC State are in uncharted territory

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  • Geno Auriemma Explains Why Kaitlyn Clark Didn't Get Into Her 'Dream School' UConn

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  • It is surprising why this final four field even with small brands and superstars

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