April 01, 2014

We're going to Nashville!

I was too stressed out for most of the game and too excited for the rest of it to give any coherent account of what happened, but I do know:

Stanford 74, North Carolina 65

Mikaela sank her career-high three 3-pointers (she had a total of two this season and five in her career before tonight), scored her career-high 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished three assists and was named the Tournament MVP!

Chiney had a tough time just staying on her feet, much less getting clear for a shot, against the very strong defense of Stephanie Mavunga and scored just four points in the first half. But she fought even harder in the second half and ended with the only double-double of the evening — 20 points and 10 rebounds. She was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Amber didn't hold back anything tonight and had her second brilliant game of the Regional. She tore through the Tar Heel defense, made 67% of her shots (including two 3-pointers), dished four assists, stole the ball once and turned it over just once. She was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Bonnie kept shooting and shooting and shooting and four of them dropped, including three from beyond the arc. She scored a total of 13 points — her third double-digit game of the tournament. Two of her points tonight were free throws that iced the win with 21 seconds left to play.

Lili was as fierce against the tall, strong Tar Heels as she was in the Penn State game. She gave her all for 38 minutes, helped limit Diamond DeShields to 13 points and was the Cardinal's fifth double-digit scorer with 10 points.

Four of those points came on clutch plays in the last few minutes. With three minutes to go, she sank a jumper that gave Stanford a one-point lead. 1½ minutes later she increased the lead to three with another jumper.

Here are game reports and commentary:

The box score and play-by-play,

The game highlights video,

A video of the postgame celebration,

North Carolina postgame quotes,

Stanford postgame quotes,

A gallery of photos by Don Feria (Stanford Photo),

A gallery of photos by Josie Lepe (Bay Area News Group),

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