After trailing by 13 points early on, Stanford got the ball inside to Chiney Ogwumike and got a career game from Mikaela Ruef to rally in the second half to reach the Final Four.
Chiney Ogwumike has carried Stanford for the past two years, but on Tuesday, her teammates carried the senior starter past UNC and back to one more Final Four.
Stanford's veterans have been to the Final Four and know what it takes to get there, while North Carolina's young players see the regional final as "just another game," albeit one they intend to win.
North Carolina freshman Diamond DeShields said she will have to be strapped to a chair to be kept from playing in Tuesday night's regional final against second-seeded Stanford at Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinal coasted to their ninth Elite Eight in 11 years against Penn State, while North Carolina ground out an upset over top-seed South Carolina.
Before the regional finals tip off Monday, we predict which teams will reach Nashville and the Final Four.
North Carolina became the second No. 4 seed to topple a top seed Sunday, beating South Carolina for the second time this season to reach the Elite Eight.
A young North Carolina team scored one of its biggest wins of the season in December when it handed South Carolina its first loss. Sunday, the rivals meet in the Sweet 16.
North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell says she could return to coaching while battling leukemia if the Tar Heels reach the Final Four.
Young squads from South Carolina and North Carolina clash in the Sweet 16, while second-seeded Stanford looks to rediscover its Maples magic against Penn State.
The North Carolina Tar Heels will open NCAA tournament play Sunday without Hall of Fame head coach Sylvia Hatchell on the bench for the first time in nearly three decades.
From players to watch and potential upsets to the best games in the first round, espnW breaks down each region of the women's NCAA tournament.
During an interview on ESPNU on Tuesday, coach Geno Auriemma said his Huskies aren't cocky enough. Our 1-64 power rankings have plenty of attitude.
ESPN's women's college basketball regular-season schedule includes a record-high number of games for 2013-14.
Alyssa Thomas had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 6 Maryland took control early in an 84-64 rout of North Carolina on Friday night.
Zhaque Gray scored 25 points and Penn State (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) snapped a three-game losing streak in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge by defeating North Carolina (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) 103-84 on Wednesday night.