Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer observed Kansas State tends to hound an opponent’s greatest shooters, at the least when it comes to statistics, and surmised that Karlie Samuelson may need a troublesome night time.
She additionally figured Brittany McPhee would get loads of seems to be.
The Cardinals’ unsung star made probably the most of them, lighting it up from three-level vary and pouring in 21 factors to assist second-seeded Stanford rout the No. 7 seed Wildcats of their NCAA Event recreation Monday night time — incomes VanDerveer’s program a tenth straight journey to the Candy sixteen.
“The coaches had advised us they depart shooters open. They guard the individuals who have the most effective capturing proportion,” stated McPhee, who hit 5 three-poitners with seven rebounds and 5 assists. “They have been simply actually constructive with me, telling me to step up and knock it down.”
Alanna Smith additionally had 19 factors for the Cardinal (30-5), who managed simply advantageous with Samuelson getting solely three photographs and the Wildcats (23-eleven) enjoying in entrance of a house crowd.
Stanford roared to a 39-21 halftime lead and by no means appeared again in advancing to face No. three seed Texas on Friday night time in Lexington, Kentucky. The Cardinal beat the Longhorns seventy one-fifty nine in early November.
“We performed them early. We performed them at residence,” VanDerveer stated. “Our group is enjoying with confidence, however you recognize, I am positive they will keep in mind — that in all probability wasn’t a enjoyable journey again to Austin.”
Kindred Wesemann had eleven factors and Breanna Lewis was held to 9 of their remaining recreation for the Wildcats (23-eleven), who haven’t superior previous the NCAA Event’s opening weekend since 2002.
Neither senior star might get on monitor after combining for 39 within the opening spherical.
“It has been an emotional curler coaster, however I really like my group,” stated Lewis, who battled via foul hassle a lot of the sport. “They have been actually supportive via all of it. This simply does not really feel actual proper now, nevertheless it’s been an awesome journey for me.”
The journey continues for the Cardinal, who wanted to rally from 9 down within the opening spherical to beat upset-minded New Mexico State. It was an unsightly, disjointed efficiency that led Corridor of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer to muse afterward almost two weeks off might not have been good for them.
Two days off appeared to go well with the Cardinal a lot better.
They shortly shook unfastened of the Wildcats with hounding protection and pinpoint perimeter capturing, utilizing a thirteen-zero run late within the first quarter and early within the second to take a 28-12 lead. And when McPhee hit a three-pointer moments later, she had almost as many factors (thirteen) because the Wildcats (14).
Kansas State went on a quick run to trim its deficit to 34-21 with 2 minutes left earlier than halftime, however Nadia Fingall’s basket within the paint and McPhee’s fourth three of the half restored order.
The Wildcats had six turnovers within the first quarter and 9 by halftime, whereas the Cardinal had already constructed a 20-9 rebounding benefit by that time — regardless of having no benefit in measurement.
“We didn’t management the ball very properly,” Kansas State coach Jeff Mittie stated. “Turnovers have been an issue for us, the glass was an actual drawback for us. Not a lot went proper early for us in that recreation, however lots of credit score for that goes to Stanford. I assumed they executed very nicely.”
The Cardinal’s lead swelled to forty seven-24 earlier than the Wildcats managed their first basket of the third quarter with four:eleven remaining. Kansas State proceeded to run off 9 straight factors in its greatest stretch of the sport, however Karlie Samuelson’s three-pointer acquired Stanford again on monitor.
They coasted via the fourth quarter and proper into the Candy sixteen.
“Their stability could be very, very spectacular,” Mittie stated. “I do not know that folks give them the credit score they deserve. In the event that they shoot the basketball properly, I feel they could be a Ultimate 4 workforce.”
Kansas State has made strides in three years underneath Mittie, however the Wildcats’ coach nonetheless has by no means made it to the event’s second weekend. The Wildcats have been bounced within the second around the previous two years, and 5 of his groups at TCU have been eradicated in the identical spherical.
Stanford missed out on having residence video games the opening weekend due to a battle at Maples Pavilion, nevertheless it finally did not matter. Now, the Cardinal head to a impartial flooring as they try to succeed in the Ultimate 4 for the primary time because the 2013-14 season.
The Cardinal head to Lexington to face the Longhorns.