There was almost no way the streak was not going to be broken.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs were dominating Notre Dame in the women’s NCAA basketball championship Sunday night.
They led by 15 with 16 minutes left.
They led 5 with 1:58 left.
They gave up the final 8 points and lost 61-58.
The collapse continued a futile streak not only for the Bulldogs but the entire state of Mississippi. No team from the state has ever won a national championship in any NCAA Division I team sport. Ole Miss football claims titles in 1959, 1960 and 1962, but in each of those years another team (Syracuse, Minnesota and USC, respectively) swept both the AP and UPI crowns.
No team had ever blown a 15-point lead in the women’s national championship game, although Auburn came oh-so-close to winning in 1988 before squandering a 14-point lead against Louisiana Tech.
There have been very good teams, national championship contending teams at Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.
But the national championship drought continues today.
The entire Magnolia State needs to Tighten Up.
Who do you think needs to Tighten Up? Call in and the best and most entertaining suggestion will win a $25 gift card to Buck’s Pizza on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile.
For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Tighten Up.