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NCAA Women's Tournament: Stanford Cardinal take on Notre Dame in Sweet Sixteen Machtup, preview, how to watch, and game thread

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The Stanford women's basketball team takes on Notre Dame tonight in a Sweet Sixteen rematch.

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Once again the Stanford Cardinal Women's basketball team (26-7) will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (33-1) in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Women's Tournament. This year the Cardinal come in as a 4-seed taking on a 1-seed Notre Dame.

Stanford has been to the Sweet Sixteen 23 times and Friday night's game will be their 9th straight trip. The Irish have advanced to this round of the tournament eight times in the last nine years. The Cardinal advanced with a dominant victory over USF and pulled out a narrow squeaker against South Dakota State. The Irish are coming off a 17-point drubbing over Indiana. Notre Dame knocked off the Cardinal in the Sweet Sixteen last season. This will be only the fourth meeting between Stanford and Notre Dame with the Cardinal taking the first two contests.

Matchup to watch:
Notre Dame is an excellent shooting team and boast one of the highest shooting percentages in the country. Stanford's defense, meanwhile, ranks among the nation's stingiest as opposing teams shoot for just 32.8% against the Cardinal.

Players To watch:
Notre Dame's versatile guard Lindsay Allen may be the best point guard in the country and has proven her ability to score either by shooting or assists as well as play great defense. For Stanford, Forward Erica McCall has been on an absolute tear recently. The 6'3" Junior has averaged 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game in her last eight outings.

How to Watch:
Time: 6:30m pm PST
TV: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN

Stanford Game Notes
Notre Dame Game Notes

Stanford game Preview
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