Stanford rallies, edges Notre Dame 76-75 to reach Final Four

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Even after Alanna Smith and Stanford pulled off a huge rally to put Stanford in position to reach the Final Four, there still was work to do.

That's when Erica McCall stepped up and blocked Notre Dame's path.

Smith's layup with 23 seconds left capped Stanford's comeback from a 16-point deficit in the second half, McCall swatted a last-second shot and the Cardinal edged top-seeded Notre Dame 76-75 Sunday for its first Final Four trip since 2014.

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Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut35-0
2 Notre Dame33-3
3 South Carolina30-4
4 Maryland32-3
5 Baylor33-3
6 Stanford31-5
7 Mississippi State32-4
8 Oregon State31-5
9 Duke28-6
10 Florida State28-6
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Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut35-0
2 Notre Dame33-3
3 South Carolina30-4
4 Oregon State31-5
5 Mississippi State32-4
6 Stanford31-5
7 Baylor33-3
8 Duke28-6
9 UCLA25-9
10 Washington29-6
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