So, C and R asked each other what does Stanford need to do to win??
Stanford would have to take control early in the game and play lock down D and outscore ND. If we do that, we gonna win.
Have to hold ND’s Brianna Turner to zero points in the first half, then we gonna win.
Get high flying ND guard Lindsey Allan in foul trouble and send her to the bench and limit her to six points in the first half, then we gonna win.
Have Erica McCall get going early and score 19 by the half, we gonna win.
Be up by 11 at the half, we gonna win.
If Kaylee Johnson is scoring, we gonna win.
Get Kaylee Johnson involved in the offense, score early and have a double double, then we gonna win.
Have Erica McCall keep the scoring up and score a career-high 27 points and drain at least one 3-pointer and go 12-18 from the field…we gonna win.
Erica McCall, whom coach Tara VanDerveer calls the most improved player in the nation, led all players with 27 points. Photo: Mark Zerof/USA TODAY Sports
Cut off ND’s screen to the elbow play. Do that, and we gonna win.
Shoot 59% from the floor, we gonna win.
Shoot 55% from the three point line, including one from Marta Sniezek, only her second made three of her young career… we gonna win.
Score 11 3-pointers, we gonna win.
Have Karlie Samuelson go 5-6 from behind the line, gonna win
Have freshie guard Marta Sniezek drive in for lay ups and get in double figures for a career high..gonna win.
Heck, if Stanford gets four players in double figures, we gonna win.
Keep a double digit lead for most of the game, we gonna win.
Hold off ND when they make a run, not once, not twice, but THRICE…then we gonna win.
Have Lili Thompson give out a career high in assists, we gonna win.
Have Kaylee Johnson score 17 and gran , say 12 boards, then we gonna win.
Score 90 points… we gonna win.
And if Karlie can score 20 points and make some key baskets just when Stanford needs them…we gonna win!
Have Karlie Samuelson heave, and I mean heave a throw WELL beyond the three point line with time expiring on the shot clock, with a minute and a half to play, and have it bank off the glass for three to make it 84-78 Stanford lead and stop a ND run……WE GONNA WIN!!
WE GONNA WIN!
So that, Ladies and Gentlemen, are all Stanford needs to do to win…..and they did. They beat Notre Dame 90-84, with four players in double figures, career highs in points for Erica and Marta and assists for Lili, a double double for Kaylee, 11 threes and whatever else we said above. Next up is a familiar Pac-12 foe, Washington, on Sunday (yes Easter Sunday) at 10 AM Stanford time. This will be the rubber match, and I don’t think Tara has been beaten by Washington twice in one season since the 80s. We gonna win!
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