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On Friday night in San Antonio, the Women’s Final Four returned for the first time in two years, and the action did not disappoint. In the first game of the evening, Stanford won a one-point thriller over South Carolina, and in the second game of the doubleheader, Arizona stunned UConn with a brilliant defensive performance.
Don’t get Arizona women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes started when it comes to her perceived lack of respect for the Pac-12 nationally.
She thinks her point guard Aari McDonald deserved first-team All-American honors, not simply second-team accolades, and was deserving of national defensive player of the year honors as well. The senior dynamo has taken advantage of the national stage and made her case for both honors. She’s also propelled her team into the NCAA championship game for the first time.
The Wildcats (21-5) will square off against Stanford (30-2) in the championship game Sunday at 6 p.m. (ESPN) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. It marks the first All-Pac-12 championship game, something both Barnes and longtime counterpart Tara VanDerveer of Stanford are celebrating.
“It was crazy: nuns in full habit banging on metal buckets and yelling for this team,” recalled Cathy Rush, who coached Immaculata to three consecutive national championships beginning in 1972. “We thought we were blessed.”
The advent of Title IX, the federal law that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in nearly every educational setting, made the era an expectant, revolutionary one for women’s athletics. Approaching a half-century later, though, women’s basketball is still struggling for full acceptance in the male-dominated world of college sports and in American society as a whole.
Stanford began the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and is in the national title game for the first time since 2010, seeking its first title since 1992. Arizona has gotten by some of the best teams in the country, including the No. 1 seed UConn Huskies, to continue its best tournament run in program history.
The Cardinal arrive at the national title game after surviving a close game against the No. 1 seed South Carolina Gamecocks. Stanford’s team defense was quite good as expected, holding the Gamecocks to 35 percent shooting from the floor. The most impressive fact about Stanford’s win is that senior guard Kiana Williams had just eight points. Look for her to be aggressive early to get her offense going after shooting 4-of-14 in her last game.
Prior to the South Carolina game, Stanford’s offense had been rolling, averaging 81 points. How Stanford’s offense responds against a familiar but, very in-form opponent will be a key part of the game. Haley Jones had her third 20-point game of the season on 11-of-14 shooting against South Carolina. She will need to come up big again as the Wildcats’ defense hones in on Williams.
Now, the two Pac-12 rivals will meet on Sunday evening in the national championship. The Cardinal are looking for their third title in school history, and their first since 1992. Arizona, meanwhile, had never gotten past the Sweet Sixteen before this year, and are looking for their first title.
Ahead of tip-off, here’s everything you need to know:
Date: Sunday, April 4 | Time: 6 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN | Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: STAN (-9) | STAN -475 | ARIZ +36
Despite having to spend nine weeks on the road in the middle of the season due to COVID-19 regulations in their home county in California, Stanford was arguably the best team in college basketball all season long. They went 25-2 in the regular season and won the Pac-12 Tournament, which earned them the top overall seed in the entire tournament.
In the tournament they had little trouble until Friday night, when they just barely escaped with a one-point win over South Carolina in the Final Four.
One of the major reasons for Stanford’s success this season is that they’re an elite 3-point shooting team, knocking down 38.6 percent of their attempts, which ranks sixth in the entire country. Even more impressive is that it’s not just a one or two-woman attack. Save for Fran Belibi, who has only attempted one triple all season long, every single player on the Cardinal roster with at least 200 minutes played is shooting 35 percent of better from deep.
When almost everyone on the court is a threat to knock down a shot from the outside, it makes things extremely difficult on the opposing defense, and shutting down Stanford’s 3-point attack is going to be a big test for Arizona. Especially considering that Stanford has already set the record for most 3s in a tournament with 55.
Simmons is set to return to the Sixers’ lineup after missing Tuesday’s game against the Pistons with back tightness, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
Though Fultz got the start at the point in Tuesday’s 133-132 overtime loss to Detroit (see observations), scoring 13 points on 6 for 9 shooting, Brown thought McConnell was a better option when the game was on the line.
“We ended up going with T.J. for defensive reasons,” Brown told reporters. “We’ve learned that T.J. defensively has that College Basketball 2021 experience. I think T.J. was 3 for 3 in the fourth period and really had a heck of a fourth period. But defensively especially, and he produced on offense. We ended up going with a more senior type of player and were in a position to walk out of here with a win, and we just came up short at the end.”
The numbers back up Brown’s assertion that McConnell was the better defensive option Tuesday night. College Basketball 2021.com/Stats, Detroit scored 76 points on 65 possessions when McConnell was on the floor, compared to 60 points on 45 possessions when Fultz was on the court. Pistons players shot 3 for 10 when guarded by McConnell, 9 for 12 when defended by Fultz.
Fultz has clearly struggled defensively, especially when it comes to making the right reads on ball screens. Still, the argument for playing Fultz late in the fourth quarter and overtime is more about the future than the present — if Brown is committed to “growing” Fultz, as he’s said he is, perhaps he’ll start giving Fultz more late-game exposure soon.
are one of five undefeated teams left in the English Premier League. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 27.3 points, 16 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game, has led Milwaukee in scoring and rebounding every game. Khris Middleton has made a ridiculous 15 of 23 three-pointers.
A program a few years removed from a WNIT championship is gunning for its first Final Four berth led by a fiery head coach, an experienced point guard and an aggressive style of play. They hail from a basketball-obsessed campus where hardwood expectations are sky-high and this March, it’s the women—not the men—who are meeting those standards.
This is the Indiana Hoosiers we’re talking about, though the description could aptly apply to their Elite Eight opponent, the Arizona Wildcats. The No. 3 seed Wildcats and No. 4 seed Hoosiers face off Monday at 5 p.m. MST with a Final Four ticket on the line.
Indiana’s spot in the Elite Eight is only a surprise to those who haven’t followed women’s hoops over the last several years. Under head coach Teri Moren, the Hoosiers have won 21 or more games in six straight seasons.