Stanford suffered in the closing, but did his job to beat Arizona 54-53 and thus stay with the long-awaited NCAA women’s national championship, something that I haven’t been able to since 1992. He almost lost it on closing, but he took the historic victory.
Luck could change for those led by the mythical Tara VanDerveer, since, in the last seconds of the match, Aari McDonald tried a shot on the chicarra, after causing problems in Stanford’s defense, but crashed on the board giving the title to the rivals.
The match process was closed, with both teams struggling to score, leaving several shots without causing problems at the rim, but it was enough for the Cardinals to get the upper hand.
It was in the fourth quarter that Stanford was able to walk away with a nine-point lead, but Arizona star Aari managed to cut back with a triple. Haley Jones would respond with a shot of three with just a little over 2 minutes to play.
The final play left Arizona with all options after a timeout in which Stanford could not shoot. This opened the opportunity for McDonald, but the miracle would not happen by bouncing off the rim.