No.3 Stanford withstood a furious rally in the third quarter by No.7 Tennessee and escaped for a 74-63 win on Saturday.
Ashton Prechtel, who was silent in the first three quarters, scored three points in the fourth quarter and finished with 12 points to mark the Cardinal’s resumption (8-2). Lexie Hull scored 11 points, Haley Jones had 18 points and 19 rebounds and Hannah Jump had 11 points for reigning national champion Stanford.
The Cardinal led 43-26 at halftime but missed his first 13 shots of the third quarter and managed eight turnovers as the Volunteers (9-1) scored the first 14 points of the third quarter to move closer to three . Stanford ultimately scored with 2:29 left in the quarterfinal.
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Alexus Dye scored 10 of his 14 points in the third quarter to trigger Tennessee. Jordan Horston scored 19 points and took 12 rebounds and Sara Puckett added 10 points.
The presence inside each team – Cameron Brink of Stanford and Tamari Key of Tennessee – was struggling throughout the game, which limited their effectiveness.
A glaring weakness for the Vols was the free throws: they connected on just 16 of the 29 (55%).
CHANCES AND ENDS
In December 2020, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer celebrated Tennessee icon Pat Summitt’s passing as the most successful coach in women’s college basketball. On Saturday, the VanDerveer team performed in front of the statue honoring the legend. … The Lady Vols entered Game 1 in the country for rebounds (averaging 50 per game) and held the previous nine opponents with 36 percent or less shots from the field.
Stanford: One way to be ready for the NCAA tournament in March is to play against the best teams during the regular season. Stanford did it with Maryland, Indiana, and Tennessee – and South Carolina’s No.1 is on the horizon.
Tennessee: The Volunteers’ iconic wins so far this season have been against Texas and South Florida, the two teams that beat Stanford. Tennessee coach Kellie Harper didn’t miss the opportunity to point this out to his players in the hopes of fueling the chip on their shoulders before the game.
Stanford: At No.1 in South Carolina on Tuesday before starting the Pac-12 schedule with Washington on New Years Eve.
Tennessee: hosts East Tennessee State on Monday, then Chattanooga on December 27 for the SEC game.