"I think it's going to be a great game for you and for our team," the senior standout's phone read.
About 20 hours later, the Cardinal buried 12 three-pointers on an evening that their opponents knocked down only 14 field goals. Stanford's coach was right. Her squad had put together its most statistically complete effort of the season in a 73-40 butchering of Michigan.
"Now I see why teams played man against Stanford," Wolverines coach Kim Barnes Arico sighed afterward. Her club became only the second Cardinal opponent all season (Arizona State was the other) to employ the zone defense in an attempt to slow stalwart Chiney Ogwumike.
Tinkle answered by burying all five of her tries from downtown, confidently launching rainbows from as far as 24 feet out -- shots that found the pot of gold all the way from NBA range. Sara James and Bonnie Samuelson both canned three, while Amber Orrange tacked on another for good measure.
"We need to step up as other players," Tinkle said. "It can't just be the Chiney show every night."
It certainly wasn't on Tuesday. For nearly two thirds of the game, six different Stanford players were outscoring Michigan's leading scorer Jenny Ryan. That trend eventually ended, but the Cardinal still saw those same six reach at least nine points before it was all said and done.
"We proved tonight that we have multiple threats," Mikaela Ruef said.
Ogwumike inflicted her share of usual damage: 12 points and 15 efforts from the senior comprised another double-double that formed the interior glue of Stanford's blistering perimeter performance. But the Cardinal's consummate inside-out effort was the most significant news for a team that punched a ticket to its 20th Sweet 16.
Knowing that Stanford will need four more exhibitions of all-around excellence to finally hoist that national championship trophy again, Tuesday's success thrilled VanDerveer.
"I don't think I could have asked for us to play any better than we did," she said.
That's a good indication that Stanford is firing on all cylinders heading into its Sweet 16 match-up against Georgia. Saturday's tip-off from Spokane is at 6:04 PDT.
David Lombardi is the Stanford Insider for The Bootleg and FOX Sports Next. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com.
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