Stanford Ladies Comeback To Beat Louisville 78-63

No.1 Stanford Cardinal Alyssa Jerome (10), Lexie Hull (12) and Anna Wilson (3) are all smiles after their defeat over the Louisville Cardinals

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night Stanford Cardinal (29-2) Ladies Basketball took on the Louisville Cardinals (26-4) in hopes of punching their ticket to the Final Four. They are led by Kiana Williams and a host of other talented players. Williams is currently shooting 47 percent three pointers and shows no signs of slowing. The entire team has been playing lights out basketball and stopping them will be a challenge for any team. The Louisville Cardinals are gunning to be the victors in this Elite Eight matchup.

Louisville will have to bring their defense big time in this game and not allow Stanford to get into a rhythm. There are seven players on the Cardinal team that shoot the three so this is a big challenge for Louisville. All eyes will be on Dana Evans who shot 29 points in the Louisville Sweet Sixteen win. How will Evans and team mates handle the lethal offense of Stanford is one pressing question.

Stanford’s Ana Wilson will be facing Evans and that will be the matchup to watch in this game. It will have a lot top do with the outcome of this game.

Things did not go at all the way that Stanford had hoped for in the first quarter. Louisville led 21-13 and had forced a lot of turnovers coupled with three 3-pt plays. When Stanford’s Williams started to force the ball it was time to slow it down and get into the rhythm that we are used to seeing on this team. In the quarter Louisville really put the stops on the Stanford offense while at the same playing brilliant offense themselves.

The second quarter was a tough one for Stanford as well. Kiana Williams struggled mightily throughout the half. She had eleven misses to start the third quarter. The score \was 38-26 in favor of Louisville at halftime. The Cardinal ladies had a lot of work ahead of them in the second half.

The third quarter saw a Kiana Williams revival coupled with some great rebounds and after trailing by 12 points Stanford had narrowed the Louisville lead to 1 point. At 2:11 left in the quarter Stanford took the lead 46-45. As the third quarter came to an end the Louisville Cardinals had a two-point lead 50-48.

The Stanford ladies really turned it on in the fourth quarter offensively and defensively. They were unstoppable as Louisville struggled at both ends of the court. After a slow start Stanford looked every bit like the overall top seed. The final was 78-63 in favor of Stanford. Hull finished with 21 points, Williams with 14 and Jones with 10. Prechtel finished with 16 off the bench for Stanford. Louisvilles Dana Evans had 24 points.

It was an incredible turnaround as now Stanford moves onto the Final Four to take on South Carolina.

NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson: Baylor gets big win over Kansas; Syracuse’s Girard leads with 19 in win; plus more

sports.yahoo.com photo: Baylor guard Mark Vital (11) gestures toward the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

Michelle Richardson on the NCAA basketball podcast:

#1 How shocked how surprised were you to find out that Baylor #4 (13-1) defeated Kansas #3 (12-3) on Saturday 67-55. The Bears Jerod Butler led in scoring with 22 points.

#2 The Syracuse Orange defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 63-55 Saturday in overtime. The Orange’s Joseph Girard III scored 19 points to lead Syracuse.

#3 #13 Louisville (13-3) got a close win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-6) by three points 67-64. For Louisville top scoring from Jordan Norwa with 20 points.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

Michelle does the NCAA podcast each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NCAA Basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson: Georgia edges Memphis; FSU crushes Louisville; plus more

si.com photo: Sahvir Wheeler (15) and Anthony Edwards (5) of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrate as they defeated Memphis on Saturday night

On the NCAA podcast with Michelle:

#1 (10-3) 65 UGA vs. Memphis 62 (12-2)

#2 (13-2) 78 Florida State vs. Louisville 63 (11-3)

#3 (12-3) 69 Oregon vs. Utah 64 (10-4)

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

Listen to Michelle each Sunday for the podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

March Madness NCAAB podcast with Michelle Richardson: Jayhawks’ De Sousa took money from booster and agent; LSU’s Wade investigated for wiring funds to recruits; plus more

Photo credit: @SilvioDeSousa5

On the March Madness NCAAB podcast with Michelle:

#1 Silvio De Sousa of the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas University is under investigation after it was learned that De Sousa was receiving money from a booster and an agent. De Sousa must sit out this season and next season but he’s not worried he.

#2 LSU Tigers’ Will Wade is under investigation regarding wire fraud. Wade was wire tapped by the FBI funneling funds to families of player recruits at Louisville, Kansas, and North Carolina State. Also, it was reported that Wade was frustrated in trying to obtain high school player from a Louisiana High School Javonte Smart in negotiating terms. It was not confirmed if Wade was in violation of NCAA rules as there is no confirmation of Wade funneling the money to the families or if they accepted the money.

#3 Michelle goes over her brackets for March Madness.

Michelle does the NCAA podcast each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com