According to the NCAA basketball media, the UConn women upset Stanford and will face South Carolina for the title
The UConn Huskies women’s basketball team beat defending champion Stanford in the Final Four despite being underdogs.
Despite how strong UConn’s women’s basketball has appeared since Paige Bueckers’ comeback from an early-season injury, the Huskies entered the women’s NCAA Tournament Final Four as underdogs. Of course, against the Stanford Cardinal, the defending champion, that made sense.
Despite this, Geno Auriema’s crew appeared to be well prepared and ready for the situation. They played some heroic defense early on while their offense struggled to find its feet, but the Huskies eventually found their stride and built a tiny lead against the Cardinals.
Though Stanford rallied back, a fourth-quarter rally gave UConn complete control. It was close in the final minutes, but Azzi Fudd’s clutch free throws and outstanding defensive play helped the Huskies secure their first trip to the National Championship Game since 2016, surprisingly.
Commentary from the college basketball media as the UConn women prepare to face South Carolina for the National Championship
The game was well-received by the college basketball media, who were thrilled to see the Huskies back on the largest platform in women’s college basketball, against another powerhouse in South Carolina.
I watched Oregon run UConn all the way off the floor in January the fact that they got healthy and turned it into this is legitimately wild.
And winning the way they’ve won all year? It’s worth a flower or two. https://t.co/AuLgt52xuV
— Andrew G. Haubner (@A_G_Haubner) April 2, 2022
South Carolina-UConn on Sunday.
Bueckers vs. Boston.
Must see TV.
— Nick Carboni (@NickCarboniWCNC) April 2, 2022
The fact that this UConn team is in the national championship game is beyond unbelievable. None of the players on this team have ever advanced this far in their careers.
Geno, CD, and UConn fans have all seen it, but the players must think it’s something special. They deserved it after two fantastic victories.
— The UConn Blog (@TheUConnBlog) April 2, 2022
A UConn-South Carolina championship game just feels right
— D’Arcy Maine (@darcymaine_espn) April 2, 2022
WHAT. A. GAME. UCONN knocks off Stanford. Hopkins alum Paige Bueckers with 14 points she’s got a shot to win a national title in her home state. https://t.co/RvskICckWE
— Julian Mitchell (@j_mitchell25) April 2, 2022
Whoa, these women’s Final Four games were awesome and SC v UConn on Sunday for the championship is gonna be great
— Andy Lewis (@andyblewis) April 2, 2022
Uconn, recon, def con, salsa con queso, don’t matter. Cocks by 15.
— Avery G. Wilks (@AveryGWilks) April 2, 2022
For the women’s title in March Madness, this will truly be a battle of titans. Aaliyah Boston, the National Player of the Year, and the South Carolina Gamecocks face the Bueckers and a surging UConn. That is the stuff that dreams are built of.
Despite the fact that this is the Huskies’ first trip to the national championship game in over a decade, Auriema is a perfect 11-0 in his historic career in national championship games. Based on their performance on Friday night, that’s a spotless record that his team isn’t trying to smear.
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