The No. 1-seeded Baylor Bears and Stanford Cardinal are through to the Final Four after recording convincing wins in their Elite Eight games on Monday night. Baylor and Stanford have looked like the country's clear top two for much of the season, and there was an obvious gap between both of them and their opponents in their regional final games.
Baylor comfortably beat the No. 2 seed Tennessee Lady Vols in the early game, 77-58. Brittney Griner scored 23 points and had a dominant defensive game with 15 rebounds and nine blocks. The Vols shot just 30 percent from the floor in the game. Odyssey Sims led all scorers with 27 points. In an unfortunate incident in the final minute, Griner and two other Baylor players were ejected for leaving the bench after a hard foul was committed on Sims, but the NCAA has said that the players will not be suspended.
In the late game, Stanford defeated Duke 81-69 on the back of 29 points and nine rebounds by Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Her sister, Chiney Ogwumike, picked up a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Duke star Shay Shelby had a very quiet night with just 11 points.