SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Stanford Cardinal are national champions in women’s basketball for the third time and first in 29 years.

Haley Jones scored 17 points as the Cardinal held off PAC-12 rival Arizona, 54-53.

Stanford built a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter before Arizona cut it to 51-50 on star guard Aari McDonald’s 3-pointer. After a timeout, Jones answered with a three-point play with 2:24 left to close the Cardinal scoring.

Lexie Hull chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford.

McDonald had a team-high 22 points for the Wildcats.


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