NASSAU, Bahamas – Cameron Brink had 21 points, 22 rebounds and five blocks to help seventh-place Stanford Edge No. 4 Indiana 69-66 at the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship tournament on Thursday.
Brink, who set a career-high on the boards, also added five assists for the Cardinals (4-1) and scored one of two free throws with 6.8 seconds to make a three-point game.
Indiana had one last chance, but Ali Patberg’s 3-pointer was not perfect.
With the Cardinals leading 61–59 with 4:33 remaining, Brink scored to start a 6–0 run to give the Cardinals an eight-point lead with 2:19. The Hoosiers (4-1) went for 5:19 without a field goal before Alexa Gulbe dropped a 3-pointer off the wing with 37.5 seconds to spare, making it 68-66.
Indiana found a stop on the defensive end when Brink converted it with 13.2 seconds remaining. The Hoosiers had a chance to tie it, but Grace Berger missed both free throws and was fouled with 8.7 seconds left.
Brink made one of two free throws, setting up Hoosier’s final chance.
Patberg had 19 points to lead Indiana.
The game was played in a converted ballroom at Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas with low ceilings and a raised platform just above the midcourt that held the scoreboard. Behind two benches were bleachers for fans to sit on.
This was the first year there was a women’s tournament, and the event brought in four of the country’s top seven teams. No. 5 North Carolina State defeated Maryland 78–60 in first place of the tournament.
It was a matchup of experienced squads, who had returned most of their starting players from the previous season, and two highly ranked teams put on a show. Stanford took a 10-point lead over Fran Baileyby before Hoosiers stopped within 37-34 at the half. Indiana scored the last seven points of the second quarter.
Stanford could not extend the lead to more than eight in the second half, and Indiana was only able to close within a point a few times in the fourth quarter and went down two before the Cardinal’s final push.
It was Indiana’s first visit to the Bahamas since the 2009–10 season, when the team went 1–1 against Virginia and Charlotte. … The court used in this tournament was one of two used at the Alamodome at the NCAA Tournament in San Antonio last season. … Stanford beat Indiana 59-38.
It took Stanford nearly 19 hours to get from Gonzaga – its last game – to the Bahamas on Sunday due to travel delays. Stanford went from Spokane, Washington to Phoenix. The Cardinal then flew to Miami, but was forced to head to Fort Myers, Florida due to fog. Finally, after boarding the plane for a few hours, the team managed to reach the Bahamas.
Haley Jones returned to Stanford’s lineup after missing out on the Cardinal’s win over Gonzaga for an undisclosed illness. Last season’s Final Four top performer had a tough game. She played 22 minutes and finished with eight points. Jones had his left ankle taped between the third and fourth quarters.
Stanford: Face Number 18 South Florida on Friday.
Indiana: Plays Miami to close the tournament on Friday.