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Stanford (5-0) took longer than expected to pull away from UT Martin, but finished the first half on a 14-5 run to take a 10-point lead at 41-31. The Cardinal soared in the final 20 minutes, taking a 20-point lead midway through the half on a jumper from Taylor Greenfield then building its margin to 30 after Tinkle scored a layup with 6:17 left.
Heather Butler scored 27 points for the Skyhawks (1-4). UT Martin shot 40 percent and under 31 percent from 3-point range as they hoped to try to hang with the tournament's toughest team.
"That's two games that we played where the first half was tight for a long time," said UT Martin coach Kevin McMillan. The Skyhawks lost all three games in the tournament. "We have to learn how to sustain and get over that hump if we want to be that kind of team to win a game in the NCAA Tournament."
The Cardinal win over the Lady Bears to start off the weekend avenged a loss in last season's national semifinals.
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