Joslyn Tinkle hit a career-high five three-pointers and scored 21 points to lead Stanford to victory, and LSU beat Penn State 71-66 in the Spokane Regional.
STANFORD, Calif. — For months, coach Tara VanDerveer has been challenging Joslyn Tinkle and Stanford’s supporting cast to take the pressure off Chiney Ogwumike.
Tinkle and Co. did just that to send the top-seeded Cardinal to the Spokane Regional semifinals.
Tinkle made a career-high five three-pointers on the way to 21 points in her final home game at Maples Pavilion, and Stanford used a spectacular perimeter shooting performance to rout No. 8 seed Michigan 73-40 Tuesday night in the NCAA women’s tournament.
Ogwumike had 12 points and 15 rebounds on a night when the Cardinal’s shooters did their part just as VanDerveer has been hoping they would.
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Sara James shut down Michigan star Kate Thompson and scored nine points, and Stanford (33-2) won its 19th straight game. The Cardinal faces fourth-seeded Georgia on Saturday at Spokane Arena, hoping to move a step closer to the program’s goal of a sixth straight Final Four.
Jenny Ryan scored 11 points in her final college game to lead Michigan (22-11), which matched its second-lowest scoring output all season .
Tinkle, Stanford’s lone senior, shot 7 for 10 and made all of her three-point attempts as the Cardinal hit a season-best 12 threes. 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. The Cardinal played there in the 2008 NCAA regional and again in 2011 — and now this season, too.
At LSU 71, Penn State 66
Adrienne Webb scored a career-high 29 points, including two crucial free throws with 22 seconds left, as the Tigers (22-11) advanced in the Spokane Regional. Bianca Lutley overcame foul trouble and capped an 18-point night with a tough floater in traffic in the final minute to give LSU the lead against the Nittany Lions (26-6). The Tigers face second-seeded California on Saturday at Spokane Arena.