if Sunday Night Women’s NCAA Championship Final (6 PM EST, EDT) It’s anything like a pair of semi-finals that preceded him, we’re all in one final.
Stanford will face No. 3 seed Arizona, led by coach Adia Barnes and top goalkeeper Ari Macdonald. Arizona toppled the powerful state of Connecticut with a decisive victory Friday night.
The final Goliath stands on the way to one of the most memorable transformations in women’s basketball history (Wildcats went 6-24 in 2017-18).
Of course, Stanford is trained By legendary Tara Vandervaire, Who became the best coach in sports history in December. First striker Helly Jones, the “unicorn”, is a force on both ends of the field. cardinal His teammate, seeded # 1, escaped in South Carolina In the semifinals and trying to end the tournament drought that dates back to 1992. Arizona has never played in the Women’s Championship, and the program ended with a 16-year tournament drought in 2021.
The game will culminate in a tournament that has been as exciting on the field as it was necessary – players and coaches highlighted the inequalities that persist in college athletics (and the world of sport as a whole) throughout the month.
Follow the USA TODAY Sports team as Stanford and Arizona compete for the 2021 NCAA Women’s Championship title.
Stanford beats Arizona in the 2021 National Women’s Championships
Last month’s hottest tournament offered an appropriate end.
Stanford leads Arizona to win the 2021 NCAA Women’s Championship – its first title in nearly three decades (1992).
Arizona will get the ball for the championship
Wildcats forced a shot clock violation, Stanford’s No. 21 in the match. The Cardinal did not get a shot after the shot clock was dropped.
Arizona will stay 6.1 seconds. Arizona coach Adia Barnes has called out to prepare for the final play.
The ball should go to Ari Macdonald, right?
Stanford, Arizona Go Down To Wires
With 36.6 remaining, Stanford currently leads Arizona 54-53 after a pair of Ari Macdonald’s three-pointers. Stanford Ball.
Close completion is coming
There is Ari MacDonald! With 14 points in the second half, including 3 pointers reducing the lead to one (51-50) within four minutes, the first goalkeeper put her team on the cusp of overtaking the top seeded team. 2:43 left in the game. It’s a 10-2 wild cat march, as the Cardinal simply can’t turn Arizona away.
Stanford’s Haley Jones takes over
Always consistent, Haley Jones clearly makes an impact when it matters most. Despite the triple turnovers, she leads the Cardinal with 14 points (7 of 12 shots) and seven rebounds.
Lexi Hull reaches a double (10 points, 10 rebounds) but also has four faults.
Arizona is back
Wildcats break the advance to three by two and follow Cardinal 43-40 entering the fourth quarter.
Ari MacDonald is 3 to 15 off the ground (he still has 13 points), but Wildcats turns defense into attack and plunges into transition exercises in third. Arizona has 10 robberies and Stanford has coughed them 17 times.
Overall, though, Arizona was unable to take advantage of it.
Stanford holds the lead
As the third quarter progressed, Stanford maintained a 10-point lead. The cardinal fires 50 percent (4 versus 8) out of three.
Arizona, which fired less than 30 percent of the field as a team, is cool off the ground again (4 versus 13 from behind the arc).
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Hull Time: Stanford 31, Arizona 24
Once Arizona took the lead, Stanford climbed on gas and sprinted 11-0 to take a 10-point lead before the Wildcats cut it down to seven as the first half ended. Lexie Hull reached eight points and six rebounds to lead a balanced effort for the Cardinal, and switched a four-point game late in the game.
Stanford still crushes Arizona 26-14 and has seven assists compared to two Wildcats.
The biggest problem the Wildcats face is the lack of an attack production from Aari McDonald, who will need to do a few shots in the second half. It’s 2 versus 11 to start.
Wildcats turn the cardinal into a 9-3.
Arizona fights for the lead
Wildcats regained the lead, taking a 21-20 lead with 4:44 remaining before halftime.
Stanford’s Ashten Brechtil, the 6-foot-5 forward striker, has seven points off the bench to lead all the scorers.
Ari MacDonald missed (2 assists, 2 steals) five consecutive shots after her first attempt. Wildcats now have three three-pointers and five of their last seven shots.
Cardinal calms down, leads after the first
After the first ten minutes, Stanford takes a 16-8 lead.
Stanford got off to a strong start and advanced barely 12-3 four minutes into the match, but the Wildcats stressed the defense, especially in paint, keeping the Cardinal four more points in the rest of the quarter.
The Arizona issue was the inability to harm anything. Wildcats are 3 to 19 out of the field (2 versus 10 from a 3-point range). Stanford keeps Arizona out of glass most of the time.
Stanford is on a hot start
Less than four minutes into the match, Stanford jumped to the lead 12-3, showing the inland attack (Lexie Hull, Cameron Brink) and a triple pointer by Kiana Williams.
Summer Ari Macdonald with three to start recording wild cats.
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Stanford: Anna Wilson, Kianna Williams, Haley Jones, Cameron Brink, Lexi Hull
Arizona: Ari MacDonald, Bendo Yeni, Trinity Baptist, Sam Thomas, Kate Rees
Tipoff is just moments away on ESPN.
Stanford’s Kianna Williams is immersed in the pre-match scene
ESPN’s Holly Rowe posted a tweet of Cardinal’s goalkeeper Kiana Williams, Who grew up 12 miles from the Alamodome, Stretches alone on the field more than an hour before the match.
Predictions for the women’s championship match
Four employees made their best guesses on how the night would go. Here’s how they see it going down:
Lindsay Schnell: Stanford 84, Arizona 73
Heather Tucker: Stanford 77, Arizona 70
Nancy Armor: Arizona 63, Stanford 60
Ellen Horow: Stanford 70, Arizona 62
Adia Barnes does not apologize
In the moments following UConn’s turmoil, ESPN cameras caught Barnes leading her team A “spirited” celebration with a finger.
Here she had to say everything (from Saturday morning):
“I just had a moment with my squad, honestly, and I thought it was a more intimate gathering,” Barnes said. “I told my team something that I really felt and I know they felt, and it looked different on TV, but I don’t apologize for it because I don’t feel like I need to apologize. That’s how my team felt right now. We won’t get it back. We went to war together. We believe. “To each other. So I am in those moments, and this is what I am now, so I don’t apologize for doing that. Only me, and it should be just me.”
After all, wild cats He entered the fourth final match and felt insulted By the NCAA.