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Hot-shooting lifts Stanford over Michigan 73-40

  • Players on the Stanford bench celebrate a score over Michigan during the second half of a second-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

STANFORD — 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 3-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 on Tuesday night.

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.

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.


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