Gonzaga's magical run ends against Stanford in Elite Eight


by KREM.com


Posted on March 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 29 at 9:57 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga's dream season came to an end Monday night, crushed by the inside play of two Stanford sisters as the Cardinal beat the Bulldogs 80-63 in an Elite Eight game of the NCAA Tournament in front of a sold out crowd of 11, 646 fans at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot made her last game a memorable one for all of her hometown fans by scoring 25 points, including a stretch where she scored 18 straight points in the first half to keep Gonzaga in the game.  She also had nine assists.

Despite Vandersloot's 21 first half points, Stanford led 47-38 at halftime.

The Cardinal (33-2) ran away from the 11th-seeded Zags in the second half as the Bulldogs missed 11 of their first 12 shots after halftime.

The Bulldogs (31-5) had no answer inside for the Cardinal.  Nnemkadi Ogwumike dominated in the paint for Stanford with 23 points and 11 rebounds and her sister Chiney put up 18 points and 15 rebounds for the top-seeded Cardinal on their way to their fourth straight Final Four.

The Cardinal pounded the Zags 45-22 on the boards.

Stanford also shot well the entire game, hitting 57.4-percent of their shots compared to Gonzaga's 33.8-percent.

Gonzaga hit only six of their 21 three-point attempts.

Kayla Standish finished with 17 points and five rebounds and Katelan Redmon added 13 points.

The almost entirely pro-Gonzaga crowd lavished the Bulldogs with applause at the end of the game to cap the best season in team history.

The game also marked the final Gonzaga game for seniors Janelle Bekkering, Tatriana Lorenzo, Claire Raap, and Carter Schick.

Vandersloot said goodbye to her amazing Gonzaga career to a standing ovation with 1:14 left in the game as she waved to the crowd and received a huge hug from Coach Kelly Graves.

Vandersloot is the only player in NCAA history in men's or women's basketball to score more than 2,000 points and hand out 1,000 assists in her career.