Stanford felt ready for women’s tourney after nomadic year

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford was forced to be a band of nomads and was more than ready for neutral-site games at the women’s NCAA Tournament. In late November, Santa Clara County established COVID-19 health and safety protocols prohibiting practices and competitions. Those restrictions remained in effect for nine weeks. So the Cardinal hit the road. Stanford spent nearly 10 weeks away from its campus. After playing their season opener Nov. 25 at Maples Pavilion, the Cardinal didn’t play on their home floor again until hosting Colorado on Feb. 5. Now Stanford is headed to Elite Eight, feeling confident after being nomads for two months.