NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament: PAC 12 flavor, #1-seed Stanford will face #3-seed Arizona, PAC 12 battle in the National Championship on Sunday at 6 p.m. EST on ESPN; Cardinal game preview

NOTABLES

  • It all comes down to this. In the championship game for the first time in 11 years, Stanford (30-2, 19-2) seeks its third national championship, facing Arizona in a Pac-12 affair on Sunday, April 4 at 3 p.m. PST. Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe have the call on ESPN and Tim Swartz and Kevin Danna will handle the radio broadcast on TuneIn. 
  • Stanford earned its 33rd consecutive and 34th overall NCAA Tournament bid by collecting the Pac-12’s automatic berth into the field after winning its 14th conference tournament championship. 
  • Stanford’s .752 NCAA Tournament winning percentage is fourth all-time among programs with a minimum of 20 games. Connecticut is No. 1 (.856; 125-21), Tennessee is No. 2 (.803; 126-31) and Baylor is No. 3 (.768; 53-16).
  • The Cardinal is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time and first since 2013. Stanford has gone on to reach the Final Four as a No. 1 seed eight times (1990, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2021).
  • In a season full of unprecedented challenges and scheduling mayhem, Stanford finished with a conference-record 19 wins. The Cardinal finished with at least 14 wins in the regular season of Pac-12 play for the 31st time in the 35-year existence of the conference.
  • Stanford’s .926 winning percentage (25-2) was its best entering the tournament since it was 31-2 in 2013 (.939).
  • The Cardinal raked in a number of postseason awards from the Pac-12, highlighted by Anna Wilson being named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Lacie Hull the Sixth Player of the Year and Tara VanDerveer the Coach of the Year.
  • Tara VanDerveer is the winningest coach in women’s basketball history with 1,124 career victories
  • Stanford is a perfect 20-0 when Kiana Williams hits at least two 3-pointers. The Cardinal is 22-0 when Hannah Jump makes just one 3-pointer.
  • Stanford is 23-0 when Cameron Brink has at least two blocked shots in a game. The Cardinal is also 16-0 when Haley Jones has at least three assists.
  • Stanford didn’t lose a game in the regular season by more than five points for the first time since 2004-05. It is the only team in the conference to beat every Pac-12 team at least once this season.
  • Stanford and Arizona meet for the 86th time on Sunday, but for the first time in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal is 71-14 against the Wildcats and swept the season series, with victory margins of 27 and 14 points. Stanford has won 35 of the last 37 in the series, but two of the last four meetings have been decided by two points or less.
  • Stanford overcame a 12-point halftime deficit in the Elite 8 to defeat Louisville by 15 – that is the largest win by any team (men’s or women’s) trailing to double digits at halftime in the NCAA Tournament since 2001.
  • Stanford blocked 12 shots in its win over South Carolina, tied for the most ever by any team in a national semifinal. It is the most blocks for Stanford in any game since March 18, 2017 vs. New Mexico State in the NCAA Tournament, and most blocks against a Dawn Staley-led USC team ever. Cameron Brink’s six blocks vs. South Carolina are tied for the second-most by a player in a national semifinal.
  • Stanford set an NCAA Tournament record, now with 55 3-pointers through its postseason run.
  • For a full notes PDF, click here.
Tara VanDerveer, Stanford head coach, in net cutting ceremony in the 2011 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament March 28, 2011. By Don Feria, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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