SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Stanford pounded the ball inside to the player it has counted on for so long: All-American Jayne Appel.
The Cardinal’s height was way too much for Georgia to handle.
Appel had 17 points and five rebounds in 24 minutes while playing on a tender right ankle and top-seeded Stanford rolled into the Sacramento Regional final with a 73-36 rout of fifth-seeded Georgia on Saturday night.
Kayla Pedersen added 13 points and matched her season high with 15 rebounds and Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 11 points and 11 boards in the 25th straight win for the Cardinal (34-1) since losing at No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 23. Stanford moved one step closer to that anticipated rematch with the undefeated defending champion Huskies, whose last loss came to Stanford in the national semifinals two years ago.
Anne Marie Armstrong scored eight points to lead cold-shooting Georgia (25-9), which couldn’t handle Stanford’s height advantage, trailed by as many as 40 points and shot 20.3 percent.
The Cardinal shot over the Bulldogs, outreached them for rebounds on both ends, and easily passed through their defense, too. Georgia was held to a season low in points, while Stanford matched its lowest total allowed – the third time it held an opponent to less than 40 points this season.
Appel received a rousing standing ovation when she took a seat early with 13:32 remaining.