It was the first time Tara VanDerveer’s team has won a championship since 1992.
Haley Jones led the Cardinal with 17 points. She also had eight rebounds and a block in the game. She had a clutch and-one toward the end of the game. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament thanks in part to her national title performance.
Cam Brink and Lacie Hull had 10 points each. Brink added six rebounds and three blocks. Hull had 10 rebounds and two assists.
Aari McDonald had one last chance to give the Wildcats a victory. She received the inbounds pass with about 6 seconds left in the game. She was then met with two Cardinal defenders and had to put up a fadeaway heave and it nearly went in.
McDonald led all scorers with 22 points on 5-of-21 from the floor. He added three rebounds two assists.
Shaina Pennington added 15 points off the bench.