Notre Dame delivered on one promise by coach Muffet McGraw to look different without injured Brianna Turner, shifting from lobbing the ball inside to their star forward to throwing up perimeter shots with success. The strategy certainly suited sophomore guard Arike Ogunbowale, who thrived from all over the court to help the top-seeded Irish maintain their dominance against Ohio State. Ogunbowale had a career-high 32 points, Lindsay Allen added 16 and Notre Dame easily beat Ohio State 99-76 on Friday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Erica McCall had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Karlie Samuelson scored 15 points and Stanford outlasted Texas for a 77-66 win on Friday night to reach the Lexington (Ky.) Regional final. The second game this season between the schools ended with another Cardinal win despite the team shooting 42% and committing 14 turnovers. But second-seeded Stanford (31-5) made eight of 14 in the third quarter and held Texas (25-9) to 33% to grab a 54-49 lead entering the fourth and eventually extending it to double digits by making seven of eight free throws. The Cardinal also outrebounded the third-seeded Longhorns 41-35 to earn their second straight Elite Eight appearance, and will face top-seeded Notre Dame
Verne Lundquist redeemed himself from the basketball-to-the-face incident from a few weeks ago. Verne took a basketball off the noggin, but don’t worry, he’s still on the call. Way to stay ready now, Verne.