SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Lexie Hull, and Stanford reached the Final Four by rallying for a 78-63 victory over Louisville on Tuesday night. Stanford dropped that one 62-53, ending its previous appearance in the Final Four, next up for the top-seeded Cardinal in on Friday night in a rematch of the 2017 national semifinals. UConn and Arizona semifinal.
Stanford (29-2) trailed by 12 midway through the third quarter beforesince early in the game. The teams traded baskets the rest of the period, and No two-seed Louisville (26-4) was up 50-48 heading into the . The Cardinal scored the first 10 points of the fourth to go up 58-50. Kiana Williams’ 3-pointer capped that run. The native had a rough start, missing 11 of her first 12 shots. She got going offensively, hitting four shots in a row to help Stanford build its lead. Stanford was up 68-60 with over 3 minutes left when Williams hit a step-back three that . She finished with 14 points.
Theto getting Tara VanDerveer her first national championship since 1992 and No. 3 overall. Now the Cardinal has reached a 14th Final Four. The loss potentially ends the stellar collegiate career of All-America guard Dana Evans, who could decide to return next year since the NCAA awarded all players an extra year of eligibility this year because of the . The senior for Louisville but got little help on offense.
Louisville had been playing stifling defense the entire tournament., the Cardinals allowed a tournament-low 46 points a game, and teams shot just 29.5% against them. They held Stanford to just 26 points in the first half and led 38-26 thanks to some strong play from Evans, who had 10 points early. Stanford missed eight 3-point attempts and was just 10 for 36 from the field (27.8%). Besides misfiring from outside, the Cardinal also missed many easy lay-ins.
The Cardinal got going in the second half and made six of their final eight 3-point attempts.
VanDerveer was among 12 people named to the FIBA Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Thea year because of the coronavirus pandemic. VanDerveer helped lead the U.S. to a . That started the current run; the Americans are one of six consecutive . There will be a digital ceremony on June 18 to honor the Class of 2020 and 2021, which will be announced on Thursday.
STRONG OFF THE BENCH
Ashten Prechtel played a huge role off the bench for the Cardinal, hitting all six of her shots, including three 3-pointers. She finished with 16 points.
More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Sign up for Daily Newsletters
Copyright © 2021 The, LLC.