We’ve had plenty of shocks in March. Both in the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments. On Tuesday, however, those came to a bit of a standstill on the women’s side of things. Two #1 seeds largely breezed past their opponents, setting up a ‘chalk’ battle for a place in the national title game. First up was #1 South Carolina dismantling #6 Texas. The Gamecocks’ 62-34 win was keyed by an 18-7 opening quarter. They would lead by 15 at the half and then 18 after three.
In the fourth, the Longhorns didn’t even score a single point. Zia Cooke led all scorers for SC with 16 while four others finished in double digits. Only one Longhorn had more than eight points, showing the disparity between the two teams. The Gamecocks now know their Final Four opponents as well, as #1 Stanford took down #2 Louisville 78-63. The Cardinal got off to a slow start, falling behind eight after the first and 12 at halftime, but they came back in a big way, only allowing 25 points in the entire first half while also posting 52 in the last two quarters combined. Donna Evans led the Cardinals with 24 while Lacie Hull had 21 to pace the Cardinal. Evans was the lone Louisville player with more than eight, underlining an overreliance upon her brilliance. Ashten Prechtel was a big factor for Stanford as well, as she came off the bench to score 16 points in just 16 minutes of action, helping send them to a Final Four with perfect 6-6 shooting.