Cameron Brink out with illness for Stanford’s first NCAA Tournament game

STANFORD — Stanford will be starting its NCAA Tournament run without one of its two All-Americans.

Junior forward Cameron Brink is out for Friday’s matchup between the No. 1 seed Cardinal and No. 16 Sacred Heart with what the school said is “a non-COVID related illness.”

Brink attended Stanford’s practice on Thursday but didn’t participate in the portion of practice that media members attended. She was wearing street clothes on the Cardinal’s bench. Head coach Tara VanDerveer told the media on Thursday that a few members of the team have had a stomach bug this week.

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Brink was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press on Wednesday after averaging 14.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game in 2022-23. It’s the second time she’s made an AP All-American team (third-team in 2021-22).

Her status is considered day-to-day. The Cardinal may not miss the 6-foot-4 forward much against Sacred Heart, as the Pioneers’ tallest play is 6-foot-2. Stanford is looking to avoid a repeat of its own history, as the Cardinal has the only loss to a No. 16 seed in the history of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Still, if Stanford beats Sacred Heart, it’s possible she could miss Sunday’s second round game against the winner of Friday’s second game between No. 8 seed Mississippi and No. 9 seed Gonzaga.

It is unknown who Stanford is starting in Brink’s place alongside their other All-American, senior Haley Jones — who is playing in her final home games this weekend — as well as senior Hannah Jump, sophomore Kiki Iriafen and freshman Talana Lepolo.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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