Haley Jones scored 17 aspects and Stanford beat Arizona 54-53, giving the Cardinal and coach Tara VanDerveer their first national championship in 29 years on Sunday night.
It wasn’t a masterpiece by any stretch with each groups struggling to derive and missing easy layups and shots, nonetheless Stanford did simplest ample to pull off the win. Stanford (31-2) built a nine-level lead in the fourth quarter sooner than Arizona (21-6) lower it to 51-50 on fundamental particular person guard Aari McDonald’s three-pointer.
After a timeout, Jones answered with a three-level play with 2: 24 left. That can per chance be Stanford’s closing basket of the game. McDonald got the Wildcats to 54-53 with 36.6 seconds left, changing three of four free throws.
“I precise owe all of it to my teammates, they have gotten self belief in me after I don’t have self belief in myself,” stated Jones, who became honored as the match’s Most Outstanding Player. “I saw they wished me to attain up huge and I did.”
The Cardinal, after yet some other timeout couldn’t even get a shot off, giving Arizona one closing likelihood with 6.1 seconds left, nonetheless McDonald’s contested shot from the pinnacle of the principle at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
“We knew who they had been going to. She became killing us all sport,” Stanford guard Kiana Williams stated. “We knew who they had been going to, so when she had it up top they overloaded one side and I instantaneous Lexie to precise go, go entice her they made it a cosmopolitan shot, and happily she ignored it. We made a play at the stop.”
After the shot, McDonald fell the floor attain midcourt, slumped in disbelief whereas the Cardinal fundamental.
It’s been rather a drag for VanDerveer and the Cardinal this season. The team became compelled on the avenue for nearly 10 weeks because of this of of the coronavirus, spending 86 days in hotels true thru this nomadic season.
The team didn’t bitch and went about their alternate and now have yet some other NCAA championship. Alongside the plan the Hall of Fame coach earned her 1,099th career victory to go Pat Summitt for the most all time in women individuals’s basketball historical previous.
Now the 67-year-aged coach has a Third national title to associate with those she won in 1990 and 1992. That moved her true into a tie with Baylor’s Kim Mulkey for third most all time at the succor of Geno Auriemma and Summitt.
VanDerveer had many nice groups between titles, including those led by Candice Wiggins and the Ogwumike sisters – Nneka and Chiney – nonetheless the Cardinal precise couldn’t stop their season with that elusive win in the title sport till Sunday night.
It became the foremost women individuals’s basketball championship for the Pac-12 since VanDerveer and Stanford won the title in 1992. The closing time a team from the conference became in the title sport became 2010 when the Cardinal misplaced to UConn. That sport became moreover played in the Alamodome — the positioning of every sport in this match from the Sweet 16 thru Sunday’s championship sport.