sunny.png
Sunday August 1st, 2021 1:58PM

Stanford romps into Elite Eight, 89-62 over Missouri State

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Missouri State had waited two years to get another crack at the Sweet 16 and Stanford, only to watch the Cardinal turn their rematch into a romp.

Hannah Jump scored 17 points off the bench and top seed Stanford strolled past the No. 5 Lady Bears 89-62 to earn a spot in the Elite Eight of the women's NCAA Tournament for the 21st time.

Stanford led by 23 at halftime and by as much as 38 in the fourth quarter as the Cardinal kept up their postseason barrage of 3-pointers by making 15.

The Cardinal (28-2) have made at least 13 from long range in each of their three tournament games. Jump led the way Sunday with five.

“We try to ride the hot hand,” said Kiana Williams, Stanford's career leader in 3-pointers who made four and scored 16 points. “It's hard to guard us because you can't just focus on one person.”

The tournament's overall No. 1 seed advanced to Tuesday's Alamo Region final against the winner of Sunday’s later game between No. 2 Louisville and No. 6 Oregon.

A win there would send Stanford to its 14th Final Four. Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer has won two national championships, but none since 1992.

“I still don’t think we’re playing our best basketball yet,” guard Anna Wilson said. “We’re playing really well. We’re clicking and in a lot of different ways than usual. But I think that each player has a lot more to give to the team. ... I think that with the trajectory we’re going in, it will be good timing. We don’t want to peak too early."

Elle Ruffridge scored 18 points to lead Missouri State (23-3), a team with a history of punching above its status as a mid-major from the Missouri Valley Conference. The Lady Bears have two Final Four appearances of their own, but the last came two decades ago behind record scorer Jackie Stiles.

This Lady Bears team had a veteran lineup eager to improve upon its nine-point loss to Stanford two years ago. And Missouri State was hungry to push for even bigger things after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 tournament and abruptly ended a 26-4 season.

But hope of an upset quickly disappeared when Missouri State missed nine of its first 10 shots and struggled to deal with Stanford's height and length near the basket as the Cardinal frontcourt diverted shot after shot.

“Every game we’ve been down, we’ve always come back,” Missouri State coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton said. “So, it was a little surprise that we just couldn’t get over the hump. ... Obviously, it's an emotional ending to a magical ride, you know?"

Jump closed the first quarter with consecutive 3-pointers. The Cardinal led by 14 late in the second before ending the half with a 9-2 run behind a steal and layup from Wilson, a 3-pointer by Williams and a wide-open shot by Jump in the final seconds for a 49-26 lead.

Stanford opened the third with two more 3-pointers by Cameron Brink and Williams as the lead stretched to 35 by the end of the quarter.

The only question left was whether Stanford's Francesa Belibi might try to dunk on a fast break early in the fourth, something she did in the regular season against California and UCLA. She hesitated slightly and opted for an easy layup instead.

Belibi's slams in December made her the first woman to dunk in a college game since former Baylor star Brittney Griner had a trio of dunks against Florida State in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

“I think she’s comfortable dunking off the dribble,” VanDerveer said. “But I thought it was a good decision by her, not dunking.”

NO CONCERNS

Williams tweaked an ankle late in the second-round win over Oklahoma State, but appeared to show no lingering effects Sunday. She easily slashed around several defenders for an early layup. She was 6-of-12 shooting and had four assists in 30 minutes on the court in a game she could have rested longer.

STAT LINE

Missouri State shot 23% over the first three quarters and 12 offensive rebounds resulted in only 10 second-chance points as Stanford pulled away.

___

More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, College Sports, AP Sports - Women's College Basketball
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Sister recovering from leukemia now rooting Staley in person
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley had a special supporter on hand for the team’s Sweet 16 victory
5:11PM ( 31 minutes ago )
Stanford romps into Elite Eight, 89-62 over Missouri State
Hannah Jump scored 17 points to lead top seed Stanford to an 89-62 romp over No. 5 Missouri State in the women's NCAA Tournament
5:07PM ( 34 minutes ago )
Europe's top teams win WC qualifiers as Swiss move goalposts
World Cup qualifying in Europe took a quirky turn when the goalposts were removed before a match between Switzerland and Lithuania because they were deemed the incorrect size
4:59PM ( 43 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
What To Watch: men's, women's regional finals start Monday
The men's and women's NCAA Tournament regional finals begin Monday
4:14PM ( 1 hour ago )
Capitals hold on to beat Rangers for 10th win in 11 games
Tom Wilson had two goals, Alex Ovechkin scored the 724th of his career and the Washington Capitals held on to beat the New York Rangers 5-4 for their 10th victory in 11 games
3:57PM ( 1 hour ago )
Penny wise: Memphis wins NIT title, has bigger goals for '22
Boogie Ellis scored 23 points and Memphis beat Mississippi State 77-64 in the NIT championship game
3:56PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
What To Watch: Michigan seeks to keep Big Ten alive in NCAAs
Michigan tries to keep the Big Ten alive in men's NCAA Tournament play when it hosts Florida State in an East Region semifinal Sunday
2:08AM ( 15 hours ago )
Leonard leads Clippers past 76ers in Rivers' first game back
Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Terance Mann added a season-high 23 and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122-112 in their first game against former coach Doc Rivers
2:07AM ( 15 hours ago )
Houston locks in on defense, beats Syracuse 62-46 in NCAAs
Quentin Grimes scored 14 points to help Houston beat Syracuse 62-46 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament
1:48AM ( 15 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Picked last, Oregon State now Elite after beating Loyola
Ethan Thompson scored 20 points, including a pair of clinching foul shots with 35 seconds left, and No. 12 seed Oregon State beat eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago 65-58 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament
6:49PM ( 22 hours ago )
NCAA Board of Governors chair expresses confidence in Emmert
The chairman of the NCAA’s Board of Governors has given President Mark Emmert a vote of confidence
6:24PM ( 23 hours ago )
Picked last, Oregon now Elite: Beavers beat Loyola in NCAAs
Ethan Thompson scored 20 points, including a pair of clinching foul shots with 35 seconds left, and No. 12 seed Oregon State beat eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago 65-58 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament
5:59PM ( 23 hours ago )
College Sports
Sweet 16 coaches Staley and Fortner share Olympic bond
Dawn Staley and Nell Fortner won Olympic gold medals together as player and coach
10:52AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Interview: Emmert says poor communication led to inequity
Mark Emmert acknowledged the glaring failures to give the coaches and players in the women’s tournament the same attention the NCAA gave the men was a result of a lack of communication between the two basketball staffs along with focusing on trying to tip off both events safely during a pandemic
9:41PM ( 1 day ago )
Sacrifices paying off for foreign players in women's tourney
Michigan’s Hailey Brown says she came very close to opting out of this women’s basketball season
3:53PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - Women's College Basketball
Sister recovering from leukemia now rooting Staley in person
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley had a special supporter on hand for the team’s Sweet 16 victory
5:11PM ( 31 minutes ago )
Europe's top teams win WC qualifiers as Swiss move goalposts
World Cup qualifying in Europe took a quirky turn when the goalposts were removed before a match between Switzerland and Lithuania because they were deemed the incorrect size
4:59PM ( 43 minutes ago )
2 tugboats deploy to Egypt's Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
Two additional tugboats have been deployed to Egypt’s Suez Canal to aid efforts to free a skyscraper-sized container ship wedged for days across the crucial waterway
4:52PM ( 49 minutes ago )
Report: Myanmar forces fire on funeral; crackdown continues
Local media are reporting that Myanmar security forces have opened fire on a crowd attending the funeral of student who was killed on the bloodiest day yet of a crackdown on protests against last month’s coup
4:50PM ( 51 minutes ago )
Infant found alive after Egypt building collapse
Search and rescue workers pulled a 6-month-old baby alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in Cairo as the death toll from the incident rose to 25,  Egyptian officials say
4:33PM ( 1 hour ago )