Free-throw shooting success leads to tournament title


Briana Roberson scored 19 of her career-high 26 points after halftime, including a pair of free throws that tied the game with 33 seconds remaining in regulation and No. 13 Stanford won in overtime, beating Purdue, 71-65, in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Classic on Sunday in Estero, Fla.

Lili Thompson had 17 points and Erica McCall earned a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford (6-1), which takes the next two weeks for finals before playing at Texas on Sunday, Dec. 13.

"This is a great tournament to play in and a great place to be," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "And we'll get better."

Roberson and Thompson combined to go 17-of-17 from the foul line and the Cardinal was 25-of-26 overall.

"Every time we got the lead, they came back," said Thompson, named the tournament's MVP. "That challenged us to play hard and I'm excited we pulled through."

Purdue made seven of its first 11 3-pointers and then went 2-of-12 the rest of the way.

Thompson and McCall each hit a pair of free throws and Stanford opened a 63-61 edge in overtime. The Boilermakers got to within 63-62 a minute later.

Kailee Johnson then hit a clutch 3-pointer, with an assist to Roberson, to make it 66-62 entering the final minute.

Roberson made five straight free throws in the final 51 seconds to maintain the advantage.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Be the first to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Peek inside the fine-dining Selby's, opening in Redwood City this summer
By Elena Kadvany | 6 comments | 4,511 views

If you do nothing else, do These Three Things
By Sherry Listgarten | 16 comments | 1,493 views

Homestead Faire at Hidden Villa 4/27
By Laura Stec | 7 comments | 1,291 views

Premarital and Couples: "You're Not Listening to Me!" may mean "I don't feel heard."
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,183 views

Finding Balance
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 109 views


Vote now!

It's time once again to cast your vote for the best places to eat, drink, shop and spend time in Palo Alto. Voting is open now through May 27. Watch for the results of our 2019 Best Of contest on Friday, July 19.