"I think they tried to go with a bigger lineup, and that threw us off," Ruef said with tears rolling down her cheeks. "It was mismatches. They got the ball inside really well and were able to take advantage of their size. They also started to get a lot of offensive rebounds. We weren't boxing out as well in the second half. We were trying our hardest. It is no one's fault."
"It helps our defense and it helps deflate their team when we're shooting well and they can't score," said Stanford forward Mikaela Ruef, who finished with 14 rebounds. "It really frustrates them and it really lifts us up and helps us play well."