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Stanford tops South Carolina in epic Final Four battle

Yahoo Sports College Expert Cassandra Negley takes you through the epic Final Four matchup between Stanford and South Carolina. Stanford G Haley Jones hit a go ahead jumper with 32 seconds to go to send the Cardinal to its fifth National Championship Game.

Video transcript

CASSANDRA NEGLEY: It was a heartbreaker in the first Final Four game of the night between South Carolina and Stanford. Haley Jones ended up making the game-winner after some frenetic rebounding with about 30 seconds left. South Carolina forced a turnover at midcourt. They had two easy looks at a basket to be the game-winning shots, but they missed both of them. Aliyah Boston missed the final shot in a play that was similar to the one earlier this year against UConn. Both she and some of the other players on the team are sophomores, so they'll be able to come back.

But Stanford is on to its fifth national title game. They're going for their third title. They won two in the 1990s. Haley Jones had 24 points on 11 of 14 shots. She was huge for Stanford, even though she sat in most of the second quarter with two early fouls. She was really the offensive power for a team that's really deep. Kiana Williams was quiet, but Lexie Hull stepped up. She didn't have the greatest shooting game, but she poured in 18 points for Stanford to get this one done.

Stanford advances to play the winner of UConn and Arizona in the championship game on Sunday in San Antonio.

For Yahoo Sports, this is Cassandra Negley.

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