Two Spanish women make history in the NCAA: to the Final Four at the same time

Helena Pueyo and Marta García qualify for the NCAA Final Four with Arizona. They have achieved it against another Spanish, Cardaño.


Spain will be represented for another year in the NCAA Final Four. It will do so in the women's box. In 2020 there was no tournament because of the pandemic and in 2019 the bell came, with the presence of Maite Cazorla with Oregon and the penalty that Paula Valiño was left at the gates. The best forecasts are fulfilled in 2021.

There will be two Spanish representatives in the semifinals of the university national championship after the Elite 8 confrontation between Arizona and Indiana. In the majestic Alamodome in San Antonio, with a capacity for 64,000 spectators, these two teams met and the Wildcats beat the Hoosiers with clarity: 66-53.

The presence was threefold. Nicole Cardaño-Hillary started with Indiana, but failed to take her team to the next level. Arizona, led by an excellent Aari McDonald (33 points and 11 rebounds), won the game that leads her to the fight for the NCAA title.

Helena Pueyo played 21 minutes and scored 6 triples, leaving a pass to remember in the hot moment. Marta García did not see a clue, although as part of the squad she will also see the dream of the Final Four fulfilled. Pueyo, from Palma de Mallorca, and García, from the Sevillian town of Marchena (both from Segle XXI), will be two Spanish players in the last phase of the NCAA, which represents another barrier conquered by national basketball.

For the Wildcats it is a huge success, not only for the players. The team qualifies for the penultimate round of the March Madness for the first time.

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