STANFORD – Six-foot-4 Alanna Smith hit a short jumper, 6-foor-3 Kaylee Johnson drove in for a 3-point play, and then Smith scored inside again.
Facing a Florida Gulf Coast team without a six-footer on its roster, Stanford made it clear in its first three possessions how it would take full advantage of its size Monday night.
The fourth-seeded Cardinal got off to an explosive start and dominated inside in a 90-70 win over No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast (31-5) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford (24-10) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 11th straight season and will next face top-seeded Louisville (34-2) Friday in Lexington, Kentucky. No. 2 Baylor (33-1) and No. 6 Oregon State (25-7) will play in the other semifinal in the Lexington Regional.
Stanford outrebounded the Eagles 52-18 and had a 40-12 edge in points in the paint.
The Cardinal took a 33-16 lead after the first quarter – the most points Stanford scored in any period this season – and led by as many as 21 early in the fourth quarter.
Smith, a junior, finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow all-Pac-12 selection Brittany McPhee added 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
Source: East Bay Stanford women roll into Sweet 16