NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament

NCAA women's tournament: Stanford erases 16-point deficit to beat Notre Dame

NCAA women's tournament: Stanford erases 16-point deficit to beat Notre Dame

Alanna Smith’s layup with 23 seconds left capped Stanford’s rally from a 16-point deficit in the second half, Erica McCall blocked a last-second shot and the Cardinal beat top-seeded Notre Dame, 76-75, Sunday to reach its first Final Four since 2014.

Brittany McPhee scored 27 points to help the second-seeded Cardinal (32-5) win their eighth game in a row. It was the third consecutive year that Stanford and Notre Dame met in the NCAA tournament, with the Cardinal winning twice.

Trailing, 47-31, in the third quarter, Stanford surged to end Notre Dame’s winning streak at 17 games. The Irish (33-4) had a final shot, but McCall blocked Arike Ogunbowale’s drive from behind near...

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