Stanford holds off Arizona 54-53 to win women’s NCAA hoops title – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-04-04 20:30:00 –

San Antonio >> Haley Jones scored 17 points, Stanford defeated Arizona 54-53, giving Cardinal and coach Tara VanDerve the national championship for the first time in 29 years today.

This was by no means a masterpiece, as both teams struggled to score and missed simple layups and shots, but Stanford did enough to win.

Stanford (31-2) built a 9-point lead in the fourth quarter before Arizona (21-6) cut to 51-50 with starguard Aari McDonald’s three-pointer.

After the time-out, Jones replied with a three-point play with 2:24 remaining. That will be the last basket of Stanford games. McDonald’s won the Wildcats 54-53 and converted three of the four free throws with 36.6 seconds remaining.

The Cardinal couldn’t even shoot after another time-out, giving Arizona a final chance of 6.1 seconds remaining, but McDonald’s contested shot from above the buzzer key bounced off the rim. It was.

This season was a considerable journey for Van Derveer and the Cardinal. The team was forced out on the road for nearly 10 weeks due to the coronavirus and spent 86 days at the hotel during this nomadic season.

The team went straight to their business and now has another NCAA Championship. In the process, the Hall of Fame coach won her 1,099th career win to pass the Pat Summitt for the longest time in women’s basketball history.

Today, the 67-year-old coach has won the third national title, following the titles he won in 1990 and 1992. This made her the third tie with Baylor Kim Morky after Genoauriemma and the Summit.

VanDerveer had many great teams between titles, including a team led by Candice Wiggins and Ogwicke’s sisters Neka and Chinny, but the Cardinal had a season with that elusive victory in the title game until tonight. I couldn’t finish it.

This was Pac-12’s first women’s basketball championship since Van Derveer and Stanford won the title in 1992. The conference team last participated in the title game in 2010, when the Cardinal lost to UConn. The game was also played on Alamodome, the site of all games in this tournament, from Sweet 16 to Sunday’s Championship game.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire NCAA tournament was held in the San Antonio area.

Stanford has a history, but Arizona is Carolyn Peck, Dawn Staley, C. Joining Vivian Stringer, he continues to build under the direction of Adia Burns, the fourth black woman who led the team to the championship game. Peck and Starry won the title.

Burns starred as a Wildcats player in the late 90’s and returned to his alma mater five years ago. She led the team to the WNIT title in 2018, leading to the first ever NCAA title game. This was the team’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2005. However, if not canceled by the coronavirus, Wildcats created the NCAA last season.

Wildcats started Season 7 by voting and climbed to 6th place in a few weeks. This is the highest ranking in school history.

McDonald’s, who followed the coach as a transfer from Washington, is a major reason for the team’s success. The lightning speed of 5 feet 6 guards is one of the rare two-way players in the game that can affect both ends of the court.

She fought the Cardinal and finished with 22 points.

McDonald’s hit the Wildcats on the board with three pointers, but Stanford scored the next 12 points. The Cardinal led 16-8 after a quarter.

Arizona advanced to the second quarter, leading 21-20 before Stanford scored 11 straight points, highlighted in Lexihal’s four-point play. The Cardinal led 31-24 in half. McDonald’s missed 9 out of 11 in the first half.

Wildcats wanted to be the fourth team to win the championship by a double digit difference.

These teams met twice during the regular season, and Stanford passed Arizona both times, winning double-digit wins in each game.

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