Lindsay Allen scored a career-high 28 points to help top-seeded
Jewell Loyd scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half for the Fighting Irish (34-2), who advanced to play
Bonnie Samuelson scored 17 points, and Erica McCall and Amber Orrange each added 12 for fourth-seeded Stanford (26-10), which made only 35.4% of its shots.
It was the first postseason meeting for veteran coaches Tara VanDerveer of Stanford and Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame, and just the third ever meeting between the schools. Stanford won the previous meetings in 1990 and 1991.
Notre Dame will play Baylor in the regional final.
Iowa limited Nina Davis, the
South Carolina 67,
Florida State 66,
Katie Hempen had 22 points for the third-seeded Sun Devils (29-6), who had a chance to win it at the buzzer after Florida State's Emiah Bingley missed the front end of a one and one with 5.2 seconds left.
Hempen inbounded to Peace Amukamara, who dribbled downcourt but lost control of the ball near the free-throw line. Adut Bulgak snatched it for the Seminoles as the horn sounded.