The UK has never had a champion from March Madness – until now.

Hannah Jump, from Cheshire, celebrated in San Antonio in the wee small hours of our Monday morning as Stanford University held off Arizona 54-53 in an epic women’s basketball championship final.

Jump played eight minutes off the bench with a single rebound and assist amid a defensive chess game but it was enough for the sophomore to carve her own small but significant slice of British hoop history.


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Moving from Appleton to the USA at the age of eight, she has previously represented England in European Championships at youth level.

Jump was a significant reserve factor all season with a big role in a Sweet 16 win over Missouri.

London-born Ben Gordon was the sole other Brit to have won a NCAA Championship but did so, with UConn in 2008, prior to transferring his international allegiance from the United States to Great Britain.

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