UConn to play South Carolina in NCAA women’s basketball, UConn won 63-58 on Friday night, beating defending champions Stanford Cardinal, ending that team’s 24-game winning streak.
The final teams competing for the 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament title have been determined after two intense games.
On Friday night, South Carolina defeated Louisville 72-59 in a game that finished in a tie.
Connecticut clinched the final spot at Target Center shortly after, defeating Stanford 63-58 in a close and thrilling conclusion.
UConn beat defending champions Stanford after they won last year and ended their 24-game winning streak.
Paige Bueckers led the Huskies with 14 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds versus Stanford.
Aliyah Boston of South Carolina was the best of the five starters, scoring 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting while also grabbing 18 rebounds and dishing out four assists.
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UConn is the most successful Final Four team, having won the championship 11 times since the women’s tournament began in 1982. In reality, the Huskies won four consecutive games between 2013 and 2016.
The tournament was last won by South Carolina in 2017, and the reigning champions were Stanford, who defeated Arizona 54-53 in 2021.
The NCAA is breaking precedent by allowing “March Madness” to be used for the women’s basketball championship for the first time. Previously, the NCAA used the slogan and branding only for men’s basketball.
In September, the NCAA stated that the move will take effect in 2022, citing a “full external evaluation of gender equity concerns in connection with the NCAA championships” as the reason for the decision.
In a statement at the time, Lynn Holzman, vice president of women’s basketball, said, “Women’s basketball has developed greatly over the past several years, and we remain focused on our mission of developing and growing the game.” “As we continue to seek to elevate the women’s basketball championship, the brand recognition that March Madness carries will increase marketing opportunities.”
The Connecticut Huskies will compete for the national championship against the South Carolina Gamecocks.