With Cameron Brink out, Haley Jones leads Stanford to NCAA Tournament first round win

STANFORD — Most teams would struggle if they were missing an All-American.

Then again, most teams don’t have two All-Americans.

With Cameron Brink missing the game because of an illness, Haley Jones had 17 points and six rebounds to lead No. 1 seed Stanford to a 92-49 win on Friday night over No. 16 seed Sacred Heart in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The senior — who was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press (AP) this week — scored all 17 of her points in the first half on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Jones only played seven minutes in the second half as the Cardinal pulled away from the Pioneers.

The Cardinal will play in the second round on Sunday, with the time still to be determined, against the winner of No. 8 seed Ole Miss and No. 9 seed Gonzaga’s game.

Fellow senior Hannah Jump broke Stanford’s program record for 3-pointers in a single season when she beat the halftime buzzer from deep, with her third triple of the first half giving her 97 for the season. She passed Karlie Samuelson’s 2016-17 season and the 2010-11 season of Jeanette Pohlen, who is Stanford’s director of player development and was on the Cardinal’s radio call for the moment.

“I’m so happy for her,” Pohlen said. “I’ve seen the work that she puts in day in and day out — not just on her shot but just her game all around. I am so proud of her. She’s pushed through so much and she’s not only a great player but a great person. So, I’m happy to pass that torch on to Hannah.”

Jump finished with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, all from 3-point range. It’s a drastic improvement from her last time on the floor, when she didn’t score a point in Stanford’s loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals.

Brink, who was a second team AP All-American, said that it is “just a stomach bug” and that she’ll “be back ASAP” on Instagram. She’s officially considered day-to-day by the program.

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The Cardinal (29-5) didn’t seem to miss Brink’s presence against the Pioneers, whose tallest player is 6-foot-2. Stanford …read more

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