On Sunday, April 4, the Stanford Cardinal held off the Arizona Wildcats to win
the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship by a score of
54-53. For the first time in tournament history, two teams from the Pacific-12
(Pac-12) Conference battled to cut down the nets.
From the start, it was obvious that the national championship would be a choppy
game, with elite defense from both sides stifling offensive flow and forcing
numerous turnovers. Stanford, led by the tournament’s Most