Free-throw shooting success leads to tournament title


Briana Roberson scored 19 of her career-high 26 points after halftime, including a pair of free throws that tied the game with 33 seconds remaining in regulation and No. 13 Stanford won in overtime, beating Purdue, 71-65, in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Classic on Sunday in Estero, Fla.

Lili Thompson had 17 points and Erica McCall earned a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford (6-1), which takes the next two weeks for finals before playing at Texas on Sunday, Dec. 13.

"This is a great tournament to play in and a great place to be," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "And we'll get better."

Roberson and Thompson combined to go 17-of-17 from the foul line and the Cardinal was 25-of-26 overall.

"Every time we got the lead, they came back," said Thompson, named the tournament's MVP. "That challenged us to play hard and I'm excited we pulled through."

Purdue made seven of its first 11 3-pointers and then went 2-of-12 the rest of the way.

Thompson and McCall each hit a pair of free throws and Stanford opened a 63-61 edge in overtime. The Boilermakers got to within 63-62 a minute later.

Kailee Johnson then hit a clutch 3-pointer, with an assist to Roberson, to make it 66-62 entering the final minute.

Roberson made five straight free throws in the final 51 seconds to maintain the advantage.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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