The women’s NCAA Tournament National Championship game is now set following Friday night, and it will not be the match up that most would have predicted. That’s due to the fact that UConn will not be in it. The Huskies, who came into the game with just one loss all season, were shocked in the Final Four, taken down by #3 seed Arizona 69-59. They got off to a tremendous start, holding a six-point edge after the first quarter and a ten-point lead after the first two. Those largely held the Huskies at bay for the evening.
The Wildcats also got 26 points from Aari McDonald while holding vaunted Paige Bueckers to 18 on 5-13 from the floor. In the title game, they will be facing a familiar foe in the form of the Stanford Cardinal, the very team that finished four games ahead of them in the Pac-12 regular season. Taking on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the early game, they were forced to hang on to secure a spot in the championship game. Haley Jones was the hero for the Cardinal in the 66-65 victory, scoring 24 points. Two of those were the most crucial ones, coming with less than 40 seconds to go and handing them a lead that would not be overturned. The Gamecocks, who got 25 from Zia Cooke, had a couple of good looks, especially at the buzzer, but it wouldn’t fall, and that sets up an all Pac-12 meeting between Stanford and Arizona on Sunday in San Antonio.