Aliyah Boston, South Carolina
The 6-5 junior from the Virgin Islands was an inside force with 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Gamecocks, who advanced to their first NCAA title game since 2017. Boston shot 8-for-12 from the field and finished with four assists. Boston had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the second half to hold off Louisville. She was a force, and she didn't pick up even one foul.
BY THE NUMBERS
46 Consecutive games South Carolina held opponents under their scoring average, dating back to last season (Louisville finished with 13 points under its average).
42 Points in the paint for the Gamecocks, who also shot 20-for-30 from the field on layups.
30.8 Field-goal percentage for Louisville in the fourth quarter.
23 Steals in five games for Emily Engstler of Louisville, tying the single NCAA tournament record (former Penn State guard Ticha Penicheiro also had 23).