San Antonio-Tara VanDerveer (Tara VanDerveer) embraced every Stanford University player, they climbed the ladder and cut the net, ended the arduous whirlwind journey, and ended the cardinal’s complete championship drought.
After 29 years, including ten weeks this season due to the coronavirus, VanDerveer and Cardinal once again won the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.
VanDerveer said: “We have prepared some special karma for us.” “A comeback against Louisville, avoiding bullets against South Carolina, avoiding bullets against Arizona. Sometimes you have to be lucky. I admit that we are lucky to win.”
Haley Jones scored 17 points and Stanford defeated Arizona 54-53. This allowed the Cardinal and his Hall of Fame coach to win the first since 1992 on Sunday night. National champions.
VanDerveer said: “Through all the things we have experienced, we are excited to win the COVID championship. The last one is not that close. But we are really excited. No one knows the score and no one knows who scored. This is the national championship.”
Both teams tried hard to score and lacked simple layups and shooting opportunities, but this was not a masterpiece, but Stanford only won, this is the second time.
Stanford University (31-2) created a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter, and Arizona (21-6) defender Aari McDonald’s three-pointer reduced it to 51-50.
After the timeout, Jones hit a three-pointer with 2:24 left in the game. That will be the last basket of Stanford University. McDonald’s had 36.6 seconds left to win the Wildcats 54-53. He made three free throws.
“I only owe everything to my teammates. When I don’t have confidence in myself, they will have full confidence in me,” said Jones, who is known as the most outstanding player in the tournament. “I saw that they needed me to come forward, and I did it.”
The Cardinals couldn’t even shoot after another timeout, with 6.1 seconds left to provide Arizona with the last chance, but the McDonald’s high pitch bounced from the top of the buzzer key to the basket.
“I was firmly denied. I tried to turn and they sent me three cars. McDonald said that he fell into suspicion as the cardinal celebrated.
This season has been a long journey for VanDerveer and the Cardinals. Due to the coronavirus, the team was forced to drive on the road for nearly 10 weeks. During this nomadic season, they stayed in the hotel for 86 days.
“This is a long and arduous journey. During the journey, I slept in a hotel and ran out of money. It was just a lot. You take the bus, you are always on the plane, and your sight is almost endless, so it is difficult.” Jones said.
“But I think that from this experience, the experience of getting lost and falling at home, I think it’s really like almost adding this extra bargaining chip on our shoulders.”
The team did not complain, but continued their business and now won the NCAA championship. Along the way, the Hall of Fame coach won her 1099th career victory, the most time ever to surpass Pat Summit.
Now, the 67-year-old coach has won his third national championship in 1990 and 1992. This puts her tied for third place with Baylor’s Kim Muki, which has always been third after Geno Auriemma and Summeritt.
VanDerveer has a lot of great teams between the championship titles, including the teams led by Candice Wiggins and Ogwumike sisters – Nneka and Chiney, but the Cardinals did not end their game with an elusive victory until the championship game this Sunday night. Season.
This is the first Pac-12 women’s basketball championship since VanDerveer and Stanford won the championship in 1992. The last time a team appeared in the Champions League was in 2010, when the Cardinals lost to UConn. The game is still being played in Alamodome. Alamodome is the location of every game in this championship from Sweet 16 to Sunday.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire NCAA tournament is held in San Antonio.
Stanford has a long history, and Arizona has been under the leadership of coach Adia Barnes. Adia Barnes is the fourth black woman to lead her team to the championship. , With Carolyn Peck, Dawn Staley and C. Vivian Stringer. Peck and Staley won the championship.
Barnes played in the Wildcats in the late 90s and returned to his alma mater five years ago. She led the team to the WNIT championship in 2019 and led them to participate in the first ever NCAA championship game. This is the team’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2005-although if it is not eliminated by the coronavirus, the Wildcats will win the NCAA last season.
McDonald’s following Washington’s coach transfer has always been an important reason for the team’s success. The 5-foot-6 guard scored 22 points in the fight against the Cardinals, and his field goal percentage was 5 of 20.
The Wildcats tried to be the only four teams to fall behind in double digits and win the championship.
These teams met twice in the regular season, Stanford skid through Arizona on both occasions, winning each game by double digits.
This is the last chance for the Wildcats, but they are only a little short.