The South Carolina Gamecocks were looking to extend their magical season, led by star forward Aliyah Boston, on Friday night in the Final Four against the Louisville Cardinals. With a trip to the national championship on the line, Boston and company did just that, besting the Cardinals 72-59. After the big win, Boston spoke to an ESPN sideline reporter and had a priceless reaction to advancing to the national championship, as reported by Yahoo Sports.
"You see happy tears, happy tears right now after the Final Four … we're not going home."
Aliyah Boston and South Carolina are national championship-bound 👏
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— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) April 2, 2022
Boston was crying tears, but they weren’t tears of sadness. The junior forward is exactly right that the Gamecocks weren’t going home- and it was largely because of her contributions.
The talented forward scored a game-high 23 points with 18 rebounds, four assists and a block. Boston was too much for Louisville to handle in the paint or on the glass, which has been a common theme for South Carolina’s opponents this season.
Boston, a native of the Virgin Islands, was recently awarded the Naismith Player of the Year award, as well as the Naismith Defensive Player of the year award.
Now, she’ll be turning her attention to a national championship to add to her collection of trophies. Boston and South Carolina will await the winner of the other Final Four matchup UConn and Stanford.
The Gamecocks defeated both programs earlier this season.