NC State vs. South Carolina live score, updates, highlights from 2024 Women’s Final Four game

Carolina blue bloods collide under the glow of the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Friday.

No. 3 North Carolina State enjoyed a sparkling campaign in 2023-24, vanquishing seven ranked foes during the regular season, including No. 2 UConn and No. 3 Colorado, before embarking on a scintillating run to the Final Four. Wes Moore’s side has been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks. Now, it finds itself on the brink of an appearance in the national title game, the first in program history.

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Just one thing stands in the Wolfpack’s way: No. 1 overall seed South Carolina. The Gamecocks are a buzzsaw, having throttled 107 of their past 110 opponents. Dawn Staley’s squad has been faultless so far this campaign, racking up 36 consecutive wins en route to yet another Final Four.

South Carolina looks to become the 10th team in women’s college basketball history to have an unbeaten season. History beckons in the distance for the Gamecocks, who possess the nation’s most complete side — best reflected by the fact that South Carolina averages a country-best 33.9 points per game off the bench.

Kamilla Cardoso, Raven Johnson, and Bree Hall are just a few of the gifted talents set to grace the floor in garnet. They should pose quite the challenge for the Wolfpack, a side blessed with harrowing presences of their own, including standout guards Aziaha James and Saniya Rivers.

The Sporting News is tracking live updates from the Final Four clash between NC State and South Carolina. Follow below for highlights and more as two of the nation’s biggest programs compete under the bright lights for a chance at glory.

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NC State vs. South Carolina score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
NC State 16 15 x x x
South Carolina 16 14 x x x

NC State vs. South Carolina live updates, results, highlights from 2024 Women’s Final Four

(All times Eastern)

End of second quarter: South Carolina 32, NC State 31

7:50 p.m.: Impressive bit of skill by Feagin, who displaces her marker before flicking a lefty hook into the basket.

7:49 p.m.: Collinssinks a pull-up three and this game is tied at 30.

7:48 p.m.: Cardoso had been putting on a virtuoso performance. However, she exited to the locker room after appearing to suffer a lower leg injury. One to watch for as this game goes on.

7:39 p.m.: The Wolfpack aren’t done yet, however. Baldwin races beyond Cardoso to sink a layup. Now, with Cardoso to the bench, they’ll hope to make some magic happen and keep things interesting.

7:38 p.m.: Cardoso has each of South Carolina’s last 10 points. What a first-half showing by the prospective lottery pick, who has been great on both ends. She’s got 14 points and five rebounds so far.

7:34 p.m.: Cardoso is beginning to assert herself in the paint. Has already netted a three successful layups thus far, rising above a weary Baldwin to get to the basket.

End of first quarter: NC State 16, South Carolina 16

7:27 p.m.: Despite surrendering six turnovers in the opening moments, NC State worked its way back into this one. James has been sumptuous, pouring in eight points to spearhead the Wolfpack.

7:16 p.m.: After surrendering an early 5-0 lead, the Wolfpack spring to action. Collins, Baldwin and James spearhead a 10-2 run for NC State.

7:11 p.m.: Paopao opens the the scoring with a delicate floater over Baldwin’s outstretched grasp.

7:06 p.m.: And here’s the Wolfpack’s’ starters:

  • Saniya Rivers
  • Aziaha James
  • Madison Hayes
  • Mimi Collins
  • River Baldwin

7:05 p.m.: The Gamecocks are playing the following starters for Friday’s contest:

  • Te-Hina Paopao
  • Raven Johnson
  • Chloe Kitts
  • Bree Hall
  • Kamilla Cardoso 

6:40 p.m.: Staley looking as elegant as ever, strutting into the contest with a polka dot jacket and her signature parachute joggers.

6:30 p.m.: One storyline to watch: Saniya Rivers’ battle against her former team, South Carolina, and former coach, Dawn Staley. Doesn’t seem like there’s any ill will in their relationship, however.

5:40 p.m.: The Gamecocks are in the building for this one.

What channel is NC State vs. South Carolina on today?

  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live streamSling

The Final Four duel between NC State and South Carolina will be broadcast on ESPN. Cord-cutters can live stream the game on Sling.

NC State vs. South Carolina start time

  • Date: Friday, April 5
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.

The Wolfpack and the Gamecocks clash on Friday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

Women’s Final Four schedule 2024

Final Four

Friday, April 5

Matchup Time (ET) TV
No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 3 NC State 7 p.m. ESPN
No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 3 UConn 9:30 p.m. ESPN

National championship

Sunday, April 7

Matchup Time (ET) TV
TBD 3:00 p.m. ABC

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