Stanford has long been a women’s basketball powerhouse that's accustomed to deep NCAA Tournament runs, but they haven’t been able to win a national championship since 1992. The Cardinal are deep into March Madness once again and hope to secure their third title in 2021. Let’s go over how the country's No. 2 team made it to the Final Four this time around.
How Stanford made the 2021 Final Four
Stanford entered March Madness after winning the Pac-12 title over UCLA by 20 points, and its dominance has carried over into the big show. The Cardinal drilled No. 16 Utah Valley 87-44 in round one before taking down No. 8 Oklahoma State 73-62 in the round of 32. Stanford then topped No. 5 Missouri State 89-62 before beating its toughest opponent yet — No. 2 Lousiville — 78-63 in the Elite Eight. Lousiville led for the first two quarters, but the Cardinal came on strong in the third and fourth quarters to pull off an impressive win.
When did Stanford last appear in the Final Four?
Stanford last made the Final Four in 2017 and has now made it there six times since 2010. The Cardinal have been regulars in the semifinals since 2008.
How many times has Stanford appeared in the Final Four?
Stanford is about to make its 14th Final Four appearance, and will be looking for their first national championship in 29 years.