Connecticut, Which Overcame A Winding
Frustrating, injury-ridden regular season, lasted just long enough on Friday night to defeat Stanford, in the Final Four.
Victory By The Huskies, 63-58
In Minneapolis assured UConn of a shot at its 12th N.C.A.A. title, which it will pursue in a Sunday game against South Carolina, the top overall seed in the women’s tournament.
The Sensational Sophomore Guard
Paige Bueckers, missed 19 games this season with a knee injury, led the Huskies with 14 points, even after taking a hit to the legs.
Stanford Made Just 35% of Field Goals
While UConn, a No. 2 seed in the tournament, mustered a slightly better outing, with 37 percent.
UConn Outscored Stanford in 1st Quarter
Picking up 12 points and holding the Cardinal to 9, nearly a season-low for the No. 1 seed in an opening period.
The Cardinal Struggled To...
Move the ball around the court, and their usually glimmering 3-point shooting languished. But UConn was hardly proving explosive itself, and the Huskies held a one-possession lead headed into the final quarter.