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Stanford holds off Arizona 54-53 to win women’s NCAA title – Washington, District of Columbia

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San Antonio (AP) — Tara Vanderver hugged as each Stanford player climbed and cut down a ladder …

San Antonio (AP) — Tara Vanderver hugged each Stanford player as he climbed a ladder and cut down the net, ending a tough whirlwind journey and ending the cardinal’s fierce championship drought.

It took 29 years for Van Derveer and Cardinal to be re-elected as NCAA Women’s Basketball Champions, including 10 weeks this season due to the coronavirus.

“We had some special karma for us,” said Van Derveer. “Come back against Louisville, dodge bullets against South Carolina, dodge bullets against Arizona. Sometimes you have to be lucky. I admit it, we can win I was very lucky to be able to do it. “

Haley Jones scored 17 points and Stanford defeated Arizona 54-53, giving the Cardinal and his Hall of Fame coach the first national championship on Sunday night since 1992.

“We are excited to overcome everything we have experienced and win the COVID Championship,” Van Derveer said. “The other wasn’t too close. It’s the last one. But we’re really excited. No one knows the score, no one knows who scored, it’s the national championship It is. “

Both teams struggled to score and missed a simple layup and shot, so this wasn’t a masterpiece at a stretch, 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.

“Thanks to my teammates, my teammates are confident in me even when I’m not confident,” said Jones, who was commended as the best player in the tournament. “I saw them need to make me bigger, and I did.”

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.

“I was denied hard. I tried to turn the corner, they sent me three. McDonald’s, who fell near the courtyard, was distrustful while the Cardinal celebrated. 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.

“Getting out on the road, sleeping in a hotel, and living in a bag was a long and very difficult journey. There are many. You are on a bus, you are always on a plane, and it really ends. It’s difficult because you can’t see, “Jones said.

“But from that experience, I think I’ve grown most of this extra, like a tip on my shoulder, because I lost on the road and dropped it home.”

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 that elusive victory in the title game until Sunday night. I couldn’t finish the season.

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 2019, 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.

McDonald’s, who followed the coach as a transfer from Washington, is a major reason for the team’s success. The 5-foot-6 guard fought the Cardinal and finished 5-20 from the field, finishing 22 points.

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.

This was the last chance for Wildcats, but they were just one point short.

Tip:

The Sunday night match was the first match since 1986 between two teams from the western Mississippi River competing for the title. … Other Division I coaches are less than 20 years old between titles. In basketball, the longest gap between both women (Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame 2001 and 2018) and men (Rick Pitino, Kentucky 1996, Louisville 2013) is 17 years, but the title is It became empty later)

Fight against Stanford

Burns defeated Vandervia only twice in his career as a player-coach in Arizona. She lost seven of the eight who played for Wildcats in the late 90’s. The only win came to her fourth grade with the last two shots from the pass from Burns to teammate Reshare Bristol. Reshear Bristol hit 20 feet for victory in 1998. On February 28, 2020, the only overtime victory came.

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