No. 4 Stanford 73, Michigan 40
On the eve of Joslyn Tinkle’s final home game, coach Tara
VanDerveer sent the Stanford senior a text message and reminded her
it would be a special night.
Tinkle’s sharp shooting made it one of the best all season for
the top-seeded Cardinal.
”It was kind of one of those days when you wake up and you feel
good,” Tinkle said.
She connected for a career-high five 3-pointers on the way to 21
points in her last hurrah at Maples Pavilion, and the Cardinal used
a spectacular perimeter shooting performance to rout No. 8 seed
Michigan 73-40 on Tuesday night for a spot in the Spokane Regional
For months, VanDerveer has been challenging Tinkle and
Stanford’s supporting cast to take the pressure off Chiney
”Before the game, emotions were high and energy was insane,”
Tinkle said. ”We played really well and had fun doing it. It’s
really what we needed to keep advancing in this tournament. It’s
something we’ve tried to strive for and push for all season. It
can’t just be the Chiney show every night.”
Still, Ogwumike wound up with 12 points and 15 rebounds in a
game when the Cardinal’s shooters did their part just as VanDerveer
has been hoping they would.
Sara James shut down Michigan star Kate Thompson and scored nine
points, and Stanford (33-2) won its 19th straight game to set up a
matchup with fourth-seeded Georgia on Saturday and move a step
closer to the program’s goal of a sixth straight Final Four.
”It was just a collective sigh of relief,” Ogwumike said. ”As
a post player, this is the best thing, having guards hitting shots.
We’re so unselfish, almost to a fault. I think it was a great
moment for our team, a great confidence booster. We’ve always had
Jenny Ryan scored 11 points in her final college game to lead
Michigan (22-11), which matched its second-lowest scoring output
Tinkle, Stanford’s lone senior, shot 7 for 10 and made all of
her 3-point attempts as the Cardinal hit a season-best 12 3s. She
also had six rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Tinkle’s father, Wayne, the Montana men’s coach, cheered her in
person while former Stanford star Candice Wiggins offered a
”Joslyn Tinkle!” shout out via Twitter.
Spokane is a comfortable Northwest second home for Stanford
considering the Cardinal played there in the 2008 NCAA regional and
again in 2011 – and now this season, too.
Ogwumike will lead them back.
The Pac-12 Player of the Year scored 29 points in a hard-fought
72-56 first-round win against No. 16 seed Tulsa on Sunday, when
Stanford used a 48-point and 65.5-percent shooting second half to
While Ogwumike set the tone on the boards Tuesday, she watched
the shooters get on an early roll that lasted all 40 minutes.
”Obviously, she’s a superstar, but the rest of them are great
basketball players as well,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said.
”If they continue to play that way, they can challenge for the
Stanford made seven of its first 11 3-pointers and finished 12
for 25 while holding one of the nation’s best long-range shooters –
Thompson – in check on the other end. The Cardinal shot 53.8
percent overall to 29.2 percent by the Wolverines, and Stanford
held a 35-22 rebounding advantage.
Bonnie Samuelson came off the bench to hit back-to-back 3s late
in the first half, and Tinkle’s 3-pointer at the 14:09 mark of the
second half put Stanford up by 30.
Even when the Wolverines had high-percentage scoring chances,
they struggled. During one sequence early in the second half, Sam
Arnold missed a layup, grabbed her own rebound and missed
Cold-shooting Michigan, which beat ninth-seeded Villanova 60-52
in the first round, couldn’t overcome Thompson being thoroughly
The 6-foot-4 wing player, with her 14.5-point average and
39.3-percent shooting from 3-point range, missed her first 10
shots, making five free throws before hitting her lone basket with
3:41 to play. She was 1 for 11 overall and missed all six of her
James knew that if she even allowed a single 3, ”I was coming
”I knew it was my job,” she said.
Barnes Arico was sent home in the second round by Stanford for
the second time in three years. Her St. John’s team lost 75-49 on
the Cardinal’s home floor in 2011.
This time, Stanford overpowered Michigan on both ends to win its
eighth straight home game in the NCAA tournament since a stunning
second-round defeat to Florida State in 2007.
”Oh my goodness, golly, it wasn’t easy, on their home court and
the last game for some,” Barnes Arico said. ”Tinkle, she was on
fire in her last game.”
The Wolverines’ starting lineup featuring four seniors couldn’t
pull off the same kind of upset the school’s volleyball team did at
Berkeley in December to deny the favored Cardinal a trip to the
Stanford made five of its initial eight shots and jumped to an
early 6-2 edge on the boards – five by Ogwumike alone – for a 13-5
lead at the 14:36 mark of the first half.
From the opening tip, Thompson faced swarming defense from James
with and without the ball and struggled to get shots, let alone
uncontested looks. Thompson airballed her first 3-point try from
the baseline as the Wolverines began the game 3 for 10, and
Stanford had already hit four 3s and made eight of 11 shots to take
a 21-7 lead.
Thompson shot another airball under pressure early in the second
half and quickly missed again from long range on the left wing.
Former Stanford stars Jayne Appel and Brooke Smith were in
attendance to see their old team improve to 28-4 overall at home in