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Numbers, notes and tweets: Stanford’s defeat of South Dakota State to reach the Sweet 16

Published on March 22, 2016

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STANFORD, Calif. – With 9.3 seconds left on the clock in regulation, Stanford junior guard Lili Thompson tied the game between the No. 4 seed Cardinal and underseeded No. 12 South Dakota State in the second round of the NCAA tournament Monday night at Maples Pavilion. The contest was also the 1,000th game at Stanford for Hall of Famer VanDerveer.

Thompson’s effort, a gutsy move to the basket, was the catalyst her team needed to pull out a 66-65 victory over the visiting Jackrabbits.

“What an excellent team and what a great job the coaches and staff did at South Dakota State,” said VanDerveer postgame. “They gave us everything. I don’t think you could ask for a better, harder fought game by both teams. But having said that, when we needed to make plays we did.”

While Stanford (26-7) led at the half, 33-27, SDSU (27-7) unleashed an offensive onslaught early in the third quarter outscoring their opponent 23-13 in the period.

SDSU’s senior guard Gabrielle Boever fouled Thompson on the crucial layup and the starting guard for Stanford made her free throw. The Jackrabbits had a chance in the last eight seconds to get a shot up, but the attempt by sophomore guard Macy Miller was blocked by Stanford junior forward Erica McCall, a move that sent the crowd into a frenzy as it meant that the Cardinal would be headed to the Sweet Sixteen for the ninth straight year.

“Every person, every basket, every rebound. It was what coaches love to talk about,” said VanDerveer, “you’ve got to play each play, because each play mattered.”

McCall led Stanford with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. However, it was her one block at the end of the game that fans will remember the most. Thompson was also in double figures with 19 points. Sophomore forward Kaylee Johnson had six points and nine rebounds.

The comeback effort by Stanford, who were down by as much as eight in the middle of the fourth quarter, was accomplished by chipping away at SDSU’s lead possession by possession.

“Coach Kate Paye said, ‘We don’t have to do it on one possession, but take it one possession at a time,’” explained Thompson. “’Do it on the defensive end and we’ll start to chip away at it.’ I thought we did that, but they’re a great team. They played really really well, they made big shots, and they executed really well. It definitely wasn’t easy and it wasn’t just us poorly, but them playing really well.”

SDSU had four players in double figures led by Miller with 19 points plus eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Ellie Thompson finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Junior guard/forward Kerri Young had 13 points and four rebounds and junior center Clarissa Ober contributed 12 points and six rebounds.

Stanford held SDSU’s leading three-point shooter, freshman Madison Guebert to just two points. She failed to make any three-point attempts and was 1-of-4 from the floor.

The Cardinal (26-7) will face Notre Dame on Friday in the Lexington Regional.
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Notes

  • Stanford has served as a host for 64 NCAA Tournament games, the third-most behind Knoxville, Tenn. (82) and Norfolk, Va. (67).
  • The Cardinal is 34-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament games at Maples Pavilion and has won 14 straight.
  • Stanford is 135-7 (.951) in Maples Pavilion since 2007-08.
  • The Cardinal’s 789 wins in the NCAA Tournament are third all-time behind Tennessee (121) and Connecticut (105).
  • Macy Miller scored a SDSU sophomore-record 527 points on the season.
  • Miller’s 19 points tied teammate Madison Guebert and Jill Young (March 17, 2012) for the most points scored by a Jackrabbit in an NCAA Tournament game.
  • SDSU’s 27 wins mark the eighth time the Jackrabbits have won 25-or-more games under head coach Aaron Johnston
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