After a mostly nomadic season, the Stanford Cardinal have settled down in San Antonio, playing some of their best basketball of the season as they have survived a five-game sprint to the national championship game. Here’s three ways Stanford’s comfort has spurred their success.
After a crazy Final Four, the national title game features the Stanford Cardinal, who are seeking their third title in program history and first since 1992. Meanwhile, the Arizona Wildcats are in the title game for the first time in program history.
The No. 3 seed Arizona Wildcats, led by Aari McDonald’s 30 points per game since the Sweet 16, have advanced to face the No. 1 overall seed Stanford Cardinal in the national championship game. Is their run a shock or the balance in women’s college basketball over the past two seasons coming to fruition?
In a thrilling finish, the South Carolina Gamecocks forced a Stanford Cardinal turnover with five seconds left but missed two attempts to finish and win on the other end.
In 1996, Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley helped to kickstart modern women’s basketball in the United States, winning a gold medal at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Since then, both have continued to influence women’s college hoops history. On Friday night, they will meet in the Final Four as head coaches for the second time.
The South Carolina Gamecocks started fast and pulled away late in a blowout win over the Texas Longhorns.
The Maryland Terrapins once again claimed the Big Ten title in 2021, but the conference was far from a one-team show at the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Seven teams represented the B1G in San Antonio, with Indiana, Iowa and Michigan joining Maryland as those who advanced to the Sweet 16 or further.
Aari McDonald had 33 points, 11 rebounds and four assists and her Arizona Wildcats made nine triples to zero for the Indiana Hoosiers to punch their ticket to the national semifinals.
In response to the resource disparities in the women’s and men’s NCAA basketball tournament bubbles, the NCAA has hired an outside law firm to investigate issues of gender inequity across all NCAA championships. However, an investigation cannot "solve" the NCAA’s gender problems. The NCAA’s unequal consideration of women athletes is a symptom of deeper cultural attitudes.
Lauren Ebo and Kyra Lambert came up clutch, as did Celeste Taylor and Joanne Allen-Taylor and the Texas Longhorns needed every bit of that clutchness to come back and defeat the Maryland Terrapins. Charli Collier led the winners in scoring as they advanced to the Elite Eight.
Hannah Jump had five treys and Kiana Williams had four to lead the Stanford Cardinal to a blowout victory over the Missouri State Lady Bears.
Laeticia Amihere and Victaria Saxton stepped up on an off-day for Aliyah Boston to lead the South Carolina Gamecocks past the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Zia Cooke was a key part of South Carolina’s success as well as she shot a deadly 5-of-6 form long range.
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