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Stanford wins national title

The Stanford Cardinal had some scary stretches, but had the upper hand against the Arizona Wildcats in the national championship game on Sunday.

Stanford has found comforts of home in San Antonio

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.

National championship preview

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.

Paige Bueckers the Naismith Player of the Year

Paige Bueckers is now the Naismith Player of the Year and AP Player of the Year.

How surprised should we be by Arizona?

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?

Johnnie Harris hired as Auburn’s head coach

Longtime Vic Schaefer assistant Johnnie Harris will be making the transition from Texas back to the SEC where she will coach the Auburn Tigers.

Baylor’s NaLyssa Smith wins Wade Trophy

NaLyssa Smith averaged 18 points and 8.9 rebounds this year en route to winning the Wade Trophy.

Final Four Recap: Arizona shocks UConn

Aari McDonald scored 26 points to lead the Arizona Wildcats past the heavily favored UConn Huskies.

Final Four Recap: Stanford survives South Carolina

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.

Caroline McCombs the new GW coach

Caroline McCombs is the new George Washington Colonials head basketball coach by way of Stony Brook.

Final Four: VanDerveer’s, Staley’s historical significance

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.

Final Four Preview: UConn vs. Arizona

The UConn Huskies have not been to the national championship game since 2016. The Arizona Wildcats led by Aari McDonald are in the Final Four for the first time in program history.

Final Four Preview: South Carolina vs. Stanford

The Stanford Cardinal and the South Carolina Gamecocks are two of the top defensive teams and are set to meet in the Final Four.

Teri Moren extended through 2027 at Indiana

Teri Moren led the Indiana Hoosiers to their first Elite Eight in 2021 and has been rewarded with an extension through 2027.

Prospects whose draft stocks have risen in March

WNBA hopefuls lucky enough to make the NCAA Tournament get one last shot at impressing their future coaches. Which players have put the biggest exclamation points on their NCAA careers in 2021?

Mid-Major Player of the Year is Kierstan Bell of FGCU

Kierstan Bell is the 2021 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year presented by Her Hoop Stats. She averaged 24.3 points and 10.6 rebounds per game this year.

UConn’s Paige Bueckers the first freshman AP Player of the Year

Paige Bueckers became the first freshman to ever win AP Player of the Year on Wednesday. Through the Elite 8, she is averaging 20.1 points, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Maryland’s Brenda Frese named AP Coach of the Year

Brenda Frese took a team that had five new starters to an outright Big Ten title.

Elite 8 Recap: Prechtel, Stanford come back

Ashten Prechtel was 3-of-3 from distance and 6-of-6 from the field with key baskets late to lead the Stanford Cardinal past the Louisville Cardinals and into the Final Four.

Elite 8 Recap: South Carolina rolls into Final Four

The South Carolina Gamecocks started fast and pulled away late in a blowout win over the Texas Longhorns.

2021 a banner year for Big Ten women’s basketball

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.

Elite 8 Recap: Wildcats make program-first Final Four

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.

Elite 8 Recap: UConn escapes from close one

The UConn Huskies missed key free throws late, but still held on to defeat the Baylor Lady Bears, behind 28 points from Paige Bueckers, and advanced to the Final Four.

Katrina Merriweather the new Memphis head coach

Katrina Merriweather led the Wright State Raiders to their first NCAA Tournament win in 2020-21 and will take the helm for the Memphis Tigers in 2021-22.

Missy Traversi the new Army coach

Former coach at Adelphi, Missy Traversi, will take over the Army Black Knights, replacing Dave Magarity.

Investment, not an investigation, can solve the NCAA’s gender equity issues

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.

Sweet 16 Recap: Clutch Longhorns advance

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.

Sweet 16 Recap: Louisville pulls away from Oregon

Dana Evans dropped 29 points and the Louisville Cardinals battled through a tough game to cruise past the banged-up Oregon Ducks in the end.

Sweet 16 Recap: Stanford dominates with more threes

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.

Sweet 16 Recap: South Carolina tops Georgia Tech

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.

Sweet 16 Preview: Maryland vs. Texas

The Maryland Terrapins’ juggernaut offense faces their toughest test of the tournament in the form of the turnover-forcing Texas Longhorns to close out the Sweet 16.

Sweet 16 Recap: McDonald leads Arizona past A&M

Aari McDonald was hard to stop on Saturday night as she led the Arizona Wildcats past the Texas A&M Aggies and into the Elite Eight.

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