Going into Saturday’s game, the challenge was obvious: How do you slow down a physical, high-scoring junior forward who also can shoot from outside?
The difference between a No. 12 seed and a 13 is bigger than it looks. For Gonzaga and Missouri, it’s as big as the Florida Gulf.
With a big edge on the boards and great long-range shooting, the Stanford Cardinal eliminate Gonzaga
On Saturday, against a balanced Stanford, that means getting off to a solid start, or at least better than the 13-point hole they found themselves in after one quarter against Oklahoma in last year’s NCAA opener.
Expectations are a bit different at Stanford University.
In this game, there is no rearview mirror. But there is film. Gonzaga’s 68-63 nonconference win here 16 months ago has no more relevance than Stanford’s Elite Eight triumph seven years ago.
And unless Gonzaga do something about it, Brittany McPhee will be in her comfort zone on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, willing her Stanford teammates to another big win.
The Stanford, California pod of the NCAA Tournament not only features four quality teams, but plenty of talented players.
As the Gonzaga women aim for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, what better time than now to find their aim from deep?
Looking for a turning point in Gonzaga’s season? Oddly enough, it probably turned when Jill Barta turned her ankle in Pullman on Dec. 6.
Along with fellow true freshman forwards Jill and LeeAnne Wirth, the versatile Jill Townsend is a big reason the reason Gonzaga is back in the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in the last 12 years.
This is what a down year looks like at Stanford: Twenty-two wins against the fifth-toughest schedule in the nation, a 13 RPI, with a runner-up finish in the Pac-12 and home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.