MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — 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 appears.
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 perfect 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 superb 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 seemed 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 house,” VanDerveer stated. “Our staff is enjoying with confidence, however you understand, I’m positive they’ll 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 ultimate 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’s been an emotional curler coaster, however I really like my group,” stated Lewis, who battled via foul hassle a lot of the sport. “They’ve been actually supportive via all of it. This simply doesn’t really feel actual proper now, however 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…