Alanna Smith did it all for fourth seed Stanford women’s basketball (24-10) against No. 12 FGCU (31-5) on Monday night as the Cardinal won 90-70. The junior finished with a double-double as she tallied 12 boards and 28 points, 13 of which she poured in the first quarter alone, to help the Cardinal survive the three-point avalanche from the Eagles.
Aided by 21 points from freshman guard Kiana Williams, 20 points from junior forward Alanna Smith and a double-double from senior Brittany McPhee, fourth-seeded Stanford women’s basketball (23-10) rolled past thirteenth-seeded Gonzaga (27-6) during the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.
The Cardinal punched their ticket to the second round with an 82-68 win.
After a deep run in the Pac-12 tournament in Seattle earlier in March, Stanford women’s basketball (22-10) finished 15th on the AP Poll and was awarded a fourth seed for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
Despite shooting 49 percent from the field on Sunday night, No. 16 Stanford women’s basketball was unable to contain No. 6 Oregon as the Ducks ran away with the 77-57 win to capture their first-ever Pac-12 championship.
Led by a stellar Kiana Williams, second-seeded Stanford women’s basketball (22-9, 14-3) punched its ticket to the Pac-12 championship game thanks to a convincing 58-46 win against sixth seed ASU (21-12, 10-8) in KeyArena, Seattle.
Entering the Pac-12 Tournament as the second seed, No. 16 Stanford women’s basketball (20-9, 14-3 Pac -12) heads to Seattle for the first event of the postseason this weekend. The Cardinal will face the winner of USC (19-10, 9-9) and Washington State (3-14, 10-19) on Friday at 6 p.m. PST.
After a pair of home wins against Utah and Colorado last weekend, No. 14 Stanford women’s basketball (18-8, 12-2) gears up for its final home game of the regular season as it hosts archrival Cal (17-8, 8-6) on Thursday night.
After several weeks of absence, Stanford women’s basketball is finally back in the AP Poll, checking in at No. 24. What does this tell you about the way this team has improved since the start of the season? Jack Golub (JG): Absolutely, the team has improved; it is a young group that keeps getting better…