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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Smith previews and predicts the champ for the American, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC conference tournaments.
She's only a sophomore, but in a starting lineup that includes four freshmen, Xylina McDaniel has had to step up and be a leader for No. 7 North Carolina.
Being the sort of coach who is always there for her players has defined the legacy of new Naismith inductee Sylvia Hatchell just as much as her career victories or national titles.
Cal wanted nothing more than to be considered Stanford's equal. Beating the Cardinal on Sunday and snapping their 81-game conference winning streak? Mission accomplished.