Stanford survived in opposition to underdog Arizona to win 54-53 within the nationwide championship recreation of the ladies’s NCAA Match on Sunday. The championship marks Stanford’s first since 1992.
Stanford obtained out to an early lead within the recreation earlier than Arizona momentarily took the lead at 21-20 within the second quarter. After the Cardinal retook the lead a number of seconds later, it by no means surrendered it once more, though Arizona did make it shut.
Stanford led by double digits at factors within the second half and led 54-50 within the closing minute in opposition to the Wildcats. However the Cardinal shut down their offense over the ultimate few possessions and acted as in the event that they had been simply making an attempt to kill the clock. The technique practically backfired, as Arizona ended up with possession for the ultimate shot on the buzzer.
Sadly for the Wildcats, Aari McDonald was nicely defended by Stanford on the ultimate shot, which hit off the rim and missed, giving the Cardinal the nationwide title.
Stanford entered the match as a No. 1 seed. Its solely losses this season got here in convention to Colorado and UCLA. The Cardinal completed the season on a 20-game profitable streak and received their closing two video games by some extent every.