By W.G. RAMIREZ
LAS VEGAS (VFAB) — Haley Jones scored 17 points and No. 2 Stanford beat Colorado 71-45 in a Pac 12 semifinal Friday evening.
The acquire marked Stanford’s 33rd consecutive victory above a Pac 12 opponent. The Cardinal’s last loss to a convention foe was on Jan. 22, 2021. Stanford, the defending champion, will be actively playing for its 15th title Sunday.
Stanford mentor Tara VanDerveer, who enhanced to 52-6 all-time in the event, attained her 1,000th victory because using in excess of Stanford in 1996. She is the winningest all-time coach in women’s basketball record with 1,152 wins. The Hall of Famer is now 1,000-207 at Stanford.
“It’s a great deal of video games,” VanDerveer claimed. “And I appreciate the place I perform. I really like coaching this staff. So I hope we can get 1,001 on Sunday.”
Cameron Brink scored 14 details although Anna Wilson experienced 12 for the Cardinal (27-3).
Colorado (22-8) was led by Kindyll Wetta with 12 details, whilst Jaylyn Sherrod chipped in with 10 details. Mya Hollingshed experienced 7 points and 10 rebounds for the Buffaloes.
After a restricted very first quarter that noticed the Cardinal keep a a single-level lead, it outscored the Buffaloes 60-35 the rest of the way.
“I just really don’t think we upped our intensity defensively,” Hollingshed reported. “We were beginning to get rolling on our offense and we were buying and selling baskets at one particular position. But we weren’t accomplishing what we essential to do with a cease, rating, halt.”
The Buffaloes showed their mettle early on and held the guide by means of the 3:41 mark of the initial quarter. Making use of an intense attack on the offensive glass, and shutting down passing lanes whilst leaving minor to no house for the Cardinal to operate, Colorado managed the circulation ahead of Stanford took an 11-10 guide into the 2nd quarter.
Following an early 3-pointer by Wilson, tempers flared when Brink grabbed a rebound and threw an elbow with what appeared to be no sick-intent. Hollingshed took exception and responded by palming Brink’s deal with and shoving her, two times. Brink then threw the ball toward Hollingshed, ensuing in a double technical.
“Cam is a competitor and she’s fearless,” VanDerveer explained. “I don’t consider any of us want to have someone’s hand in their deal with. But that, occasionally regardless of what it will take, got Cam likely. And she responded to the problem.”
The Cardinal went on a 12-5 run to open a 26-15 direct, with Brink scoring eight of Stanford’s points. Stanford went into the locker area at halftime with a 33-18 guide.
“I just assumed it was a heated moment,” Brink stated. “But (we) form of applied it as gasoline.”
Specially on defense, as Stanford compelled 23 turnovers and held the edge in details off turnovers, 27-8.
Colorado shot just 30.6% (15 of 49) from the ground. The Buffaloes had been 4 of 21 (19.%) from 3-stage range. Colorado’s 3 worst capturing performances of the period all came against Stanford, as the Buffs shot 29.8% on Jan. 14 and 25.9% on Feb. 13.
“They only permit 54 factors a recreation and keep their opponents to a low percentage,” Colorado coach JR Payne said. “Part of that is you have various defensive players of the year on their roster. Whenever you participate in towards Stanford it is heading to be tricky to score.”
Stanford finished 27 of 56 (48.2%) from the field, including 7 of 13 (53.8%) from outside of the arc.
“Our protection I thought was remarkable,” VanDerveer claimed. “We struggled a minor bit I believe offensively. We weren’t rebounding the way I thought we desired to. But people today produced huge play just after massive participate in.”
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Jones had an additional solid 2nd-fifty percent performance. After scoring 4 points in the to start with half, she extra 13 of her game-significant tally in the 2nd. Friday, she had two details in the initial half and 18 in the 2nd. Jones is co-primary scorer in the function, with Utah’s Jenna Johnson (pending Friday’s 2nd match), as equally have 37.
WNBA players A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces), Sabrina Ionescu (New York Liberty) and DiJonai Carrington (Connecticut Sunlight) were being in attendance for Friday’s sport. Wilson received a countrywide championship with South Carolina in 2017, though Carrington gained two Pac 12 tourney titles with Stanford in 2017 and 2019.
Colorado: The Buffaloes shot 41.5% from the flooring during the frequent season, but in their two event video games could only muster a 31.5% (30 of 95) taking pictures clip. Prior to Friday’s dismal shooting display screen, Colorado hit just 32.6% (15 of 46) against Arizona in Thursday’s quarterfinal.
Stanford: After scoring just 3 factors in the to start with 50 %, Wilson erupted to rating Stanford’s final nine details of the third quarter, which includes a very long 3-pointer at the buzzer after dribbling out the remaining 16 seconds, capping an 11-5 operate for the Cardinal.
Colorado: Sitting 28th in the recent Web rankings, the Buffaloes really should count on an invite to the NCAA Match.
Stanford: Will experience the winner from the second semifinal concerning Oregon and Utah.
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