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How and what to watch for No. 3 Arizona vs. No. 1 Stanford in the 2021 NCAA women’s basketball championship game

We break down everything you need to know for Sunday’s NCAA women’s National Championship game between Arizona and Stanford. We’ve got a best bet, how to watch, and key stats for the game.

Arizona Wildcats guard Aari McDonald and Arizona Wildcats head coach Adia Barnes walk off the court after defeating the UConn Huskies in the national semifinals of the women’s Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Alamodome. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Update 5:30 p.m. April 4: Here are the latest updated odds and bet splits for the 2021 NCAA Women’s National Championship from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Arizona +7.5: 58% of action, 65% of bets
Stanford -7.5: 42% of action, 35% of bets


The Arizona Wildcats will look to play spoiler against their conference rival the Stanford Cardinal, but this time it’s with the 2021 NCAA Championship on the line.

We give you everything you need for Sunday’s game below.

Game date: Sunday, April 4th
Game time: 6:00 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN
Location: Alamodome, San Antonio

Point spread: Stanford -9.5
Point Total: 129
Moneyline: Arizona +360, Stanford -480

No. 3 Arizona 21-5 (13-4 Pac-12)

First Round: Defeated No. 14 Stony Brook 79-44
Second Round: Defeated No. 11 BYU 52-46
Third Round: Defeated No. 2 Texas A&M 74-59
Regional Final: Defeated No. 4 Indiana 66-53
Final Four: Defeated No. 1 UConn 69-59
Leading scorer: Aari McDonald (21 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: This is Arizona’s first trip past the Elite Eight in program history.

In an upset for the ages, the 14-point underdog Wildcats knocked women’s basketball royalty in Geno Auriemma and UConn 69-59. McDonald was breathtaking with 26 points and seven rebounds, but here defense on national player of the year Paige Bueckers might have been her best contribution.

This is uncharted territory for Adia Barnes and UofA, but they’ll simply be playing a conference game for the national championship on Sunday.

Stanford beat Arizona 81-54 on New Year’s Day in Tuscon, and 62-48 at Stanford on February 22nd.

No. 1 Stanford (30-2, 19-2 Pac-12)

First Round: Defeated No. 16 Utah Valley 87-44
Second Round: Defeated No. 8 Oklahoma State 73-62
Third Round: Defeated No. 5 Missouri State 89-62
Regional Final: Defeated No. 2 Louisville 78-63
Final Four: Defeated No. 1 South Carolina 66-65
Leading scorer: Kiana Williams (14.3 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: The Cardinal 13.6 points and a 6.0 rebounds per game in the NCAA Tournament, including 24 in the defeat of USC.

The Cardinal tried to throw it away, but some questionable-at-best officiating down the stretch as well as offensive struggles from South Carolina late gave them their first national championship game since 2010.

The 6’1 sophomore Jones has been their best player the last two games, picking up for a senior in Kiana Williams that has struggled at times. Their high-tempo offense and ball movement did just enough to get past one of the best defending and rebounding teams in America in the Gamecocks, but they’ll find a whole new challenge in Aari McDonald. She likely matches up with Williams in what could determine the outcome.