The UConn Huskies and Stanford Cardinal meet Friday in the college basketball Women’s NCAA Tournament Final Four at the Target Center. The UConn Huskies look to make their 12th title game in school history and sixth since 2010. The Stanford Cardinal look to make their sixth title game in school history and fourth since 2008.
The UConn Huskies are averaging 74.8 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 54.6 points on 35.6 percent shooting. Christyn Williams is averaging 14.7 points and 3.5 rebounds, while Paige Bueckers is averaging 14.7 points and 4 assists. Azzi Fudd is the third double-digit scorer and Caroline Ducharme is dishing 1.3 assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 28.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.8 rebounds per game.
The Stanford Cardinal are averaging 73.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 56.6 points on 34.9 percent shooting. Cameron Brink is averaging 13.4 points and 8.1 rebounds, while Haley Jones is averaging 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds. Lexie Hull is the third double-digit scorer and Hannah Jump is grabbing 1.5 rebounds. The Stanford Cardinal are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Stanford Cardinal are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game.
The Stanford Cardinal have been the better, more trustworthy team this season, and it’s probably fair they’re favored here. UConn also suffered a blow in the Elite Eight with an injury to Dorka Juhasz, a key reserve who provided scoring relief and rebounding. You can understand why Stanford is favored here. With all that said, UConn still has enough shot makers in Bueckers and Williams, and their offense is the best of any team left in the field. We’re also getting UConn in the underdog role, something you almost never get. It’s hard to turn down this program and free points.
Give me the Huskies and the free bucket.