If the NCAA women’s tournament on Sunday night is final (6 pm EST, ESPN) is something like the pair of semi-finals that was before that We are all facing one last tidbit

The best-filled Stanford has to face upstart No. 1 place 3 seed Arizona, led by trainer Adia Barnes and Senior Guard Aari McDonald Arizona beat the Connecticut powerhouse with a decisive victory on Friday night

One final Goliath stands in the way of one of the most notable twists and turns in women’s basketball history (the Wildcats went between 6 and 24 in 2017-18)

Of course, Stanford is coached by legendary Tara VanDerveer, who became the most successful coach of all time in December. Second striker Haley Jones, “the unicorn,” is a force at either end of the course with the cardinal escaping his No. 1 companion seed South Carolina in semi-finals trying to end a championship drought that dates back to 1992 Arizona has never played for the women’s championship, and the program sparked a 16-year tournament drought in 2021
The game will conclude a tournament that was as exciting as it was important on the pitch – players and coaches have highlighted the inequalities that persist in college athletics (and the sports world at large) throughout the month

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This is the Stanford coach’s third national title and the first since taking the Cardinal to the mountaintop in 1992, according to ESPN Stats & Info, the 29-year championship gap is the longest in the history of the Division I men or women

The last time Stanford won the title was in 1992, coached by Tara VanDerveer, the 29-year-old gap between the titles for VanDerveer is the longest in Division I men’s or women’s historyShe is the fourth women’s head coach to have won three national championships BildTwittercom / j7bjEgfZ3t

The second player led the cardinal by 17 points, adding eight rebounds while walking 8-on-14 off the floor

Stanford is holding Arizona back to win the 2021 NCAA women’s basketball tournament – the Cardinal’s first title in nearly three decades (1992)

Arizona had a chance at final possession to win with a summer beater, but Stanford had Aari McDonald with three teams as soon as she got the inbounds pass and her shot from the depths failed in the last second / p>

The Wildcats forced an injury to the gunshot watch, Stanford’s 21 Turnover of the game The cardinal was not shot after taking the entire shot clock down

Arizona will have 6 1 second Adia Barnes, Arizona coach, called for time out to set up the final game

With 366 remaining, Stanford currently leads Arizona 54-53 after a pair of Aari McDonald free throws at Stanford Ball

There is Aari McDonald! With 14 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that brought the deficit down to one (51-50) in four minutes, the Senior Guard have their team on the verge of overtaking the team with the best seeds It’s Still 2:43 in the game It’s a 10-2 run for the Wildcats as the Cardinal just can’t get Arizona out of the way

Haley Jones is always consistent and obviously makes her impact when it matters. Despite three turnovers, she leads the cardinal with 14 points (7 of 12 shots) and seven rebounds

Lexie Hull has a double-doubles (10 points, 10 rebounds), but also four fouls

The Wildcats shorten the lead to three at two points, following Cardinal 43-40 who enters the fourth quarter

Aari McDonald is 3:15 off the ground (and still has 13 points) but the Wildcats are turning the defense into an offensive and sinking the transitional layups in the third Arizona has 10 steals and Stanford has coughed 17 times / p>

During the third quarter, Stanford maintained a lead of around 10 points, with the Cardinal shooting 50 percent (4 versus 8) out of three

Arizona, which shoots less than 30 percent off the field as a team, has gone cold again from the ground (4:13 from beyond the arc)

After Arizona took the lead, Stanford stepped on the gas and peeled off an 11-0 run to take a 10-point lead before the Wildcats cut him back to seven after the first half Lexie Hull did to eight points and six rebounds to get an even hit for the Cardinal, and she turned a four-point game of clutch late in the half

Stanford is still crushing Arizona on boards 26-14 and has seven assists compared to the two Wildcats

The biggest problem for the Wildcats is the lack of offensive production from Aari McDonald, who has to take some shots in the second half, she’s 2 versus 11 to start

Stanford’s Ashten Prechtel, the 6-foot-5 striker, has seven points off the bench to top all scorers

Aari McDonald (two assists, two steals) missed five direct shots after her first attempt. The Wildcats have now taken three 3-pointers and five of their last seven shots

Stanford got off to a hot start, taking a 12-3 lead barely four minutes before the start of the game, but the Wildcats stepped up defense, especially in color, and kept the Cardinal on four more points for the rest of the quarter

The problem for Arizona was the inability to get anything on the offensive The wildcats are 3 against 19 from the field (2 against 10 from the 3-point area) Stanford keeps Arizona away from the glass for the most part,

Less than four minutes into the game, Stanford took a 12-3 lead and showed the offensive inside (Lexie Hull, Cameron Brink) and a 3-pointer from Kiana Williams

ESPN’s Holly Rowe posted a tweet of Cardinal Guard Kiana Williams, who grew up 12 miles from the Alamodome and stretched out on the field alone for more than an hour before the game

Four employees have made their best guesses as to how it will go on tonight. This is how they see it:

In the moments after the UConn surprise, ESPN cameras captured Barnes leading her team in an “enthusiastic” celebration with one finger

“I honestly had a moment with my team and thought it was a more intimate group,” Barnes said. “I told my team something that I really felt and I know they felt and it Just looked different on TV but I’m not apologizing for it because I don’t feel like I have to apologize This is what I felt at the moment with my team I wouldn’t take it back We went to war together We believe in each other Me So I’m in these moments and so am I, so I don’t apologize for that I’m just me and I just have to be me “

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