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Stanford enters Elite 8 with 72-66 wins over Maryland – CBS Baltimore

SPOKANE, Laundry. (AP) – The waves from Stanford kept coming. Haley Jones first. Then Cameron Brink. Then, Lexie Hull.

The defending national champions showed their depth, and made it right into the Elite Eight.

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“I’m hot, Cam is hot, Lexie is hot, and whoever it was, I think we did a great job feeding that hot hand,” Jones said. “We do that in every game.”

Hull scored 19 points at home, Jones added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and top seed Stanford advanced to the NCAA Women’s Tournament region final with a 72-66 victory over fourth seed Maryland in Friday evening.

Meeting in the NCAAs for the first time since the schools played in the same building in the Elite Eight in 2008, the defending national champion Cardinal (31-3) dominated the Terrapins for the first three quarters. Maryland cut the deficit to 68-59 with 1:41 left, but couldn’t get any closer.

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Stanford will face second seed Texas in the regional finals on Sunday night. It was Stanford’s 21st Elite Eight under coach Tara VanDerveer.

She was very frustrated with the fourth round when Cardinal was down 30-13 and made the last few minutes nervous.

“I don’t think that half-time was our best, and for sure after the fourth half I’m glad we could play and have another game to show how much we’ve improved. how,” VanDerveer said. “Obviously there’s a lot of things we could have done better, but… I think depth is why we’re sitting here playing a game on Sunday.”

Brink adds 15 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes for Cardinal before a late foul. When Brink fouled his third early in the third round, Hull caught the scoring punch with 10 points in the round.

Hull and her twin sister Lacie grew up in Spokane and the two cheered the loudest all night.

“I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like we’ve got a lot of people cheering for us tonight and that’s great anywhere,” Lexie Hull said. “So we felt the love from the Stanford/Spokane community.”

Angel Reese leads Maryland (23-9) with 25 points. Diamond Miller added 11 points but fouled quickly in the third inning and fouled in the fourth after scoring 47 points in the first two games.

Chloe Bibby and Shyanne Sellers both had 10 goals for Maryland, hitting 27% in the first half and never recovered from Cardinal’s dominating first half.

Stanford leads 22-10 after one inning, and 39-23 after halftime.

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“I thought we were ready but obviously they came out and they punched us first,” Bibby said.

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Jones and Brink controlled the first half, combining for 16 of Stanford’s 22 points in the first quarter. Brink took five of his six shots in the inning and won seven rebounds, and didn’t play for the final five minutes of the inning after the second foul.

The Terrapins haven’t made it past the round of 16 since 2015 when they last made it to the Finals.

“That first half really impacted us with the way they came out and kicked the ball. I think we spent too much time trying to feel that in the first half,” said Maryland coach Brenda Frese. “I cherish our Wednesday and the fact that we didn’t give up the fight.”

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Cardinal defeated the Terrapins in the 2008 regional final after Candice Wiggins, a victory that sent Stanford back to Round 4 Finals for the first time in 11 years. Cardinal is just one win away from her sixth Finals trip since that 2008 season, and holds her chance to become the first repeat champion without a Connecticut name since Tennessee’s consecutive title in 2007 and 2008. .

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Among those in attendance Friday night were Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, who tracks his sister Anna for Stanford, and NCAA President Mark Emmert.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins averaged 79.2 points and made 7 3-shots per game during the season. Maryland is only 3rd out of 19 games against Cardinal and is kept 16 points below the season average.

Stanford: Maryland’s shooting troubles led to multiple rebound opportunities, and Cardinal steered the goggles, passing Maryland 50-32. That’s nothing new: Stanford is outpacing its rivals this season by averaging nine goals per game.

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Cardinal will have a chance to get revenge on the Longhorns in the regional finals. Texas won at Stanford 61-56 in November in the second game of the season for both schools.

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