Pursuing another NCAA title, Stanford women cut down first of many nets with Pac-12 win

LAS VEGAS — Stanford cut down a basketball net Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinal expect to be cutting down a few more in the coming weeks.

“If (Cameron) Brink and (Haley) Jones both get going, they’ll cut down the nets in Minneapolis,” said Utah coach Lynne Roberts. “I do think they’re the best team in the country.

“I think they’re better than they were last year. And last year they won the national championship.”

Stanford officially began its defense of that national championship at the Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay, winning the Pac-12 tournament for the second consecutive time, beating Utah 73-48. But in truth, the Cardinal have been defending it for 11 months.

“I think (the defense) started as soon as we won last year,” said Haley Jones, the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. “We have a target on our back. We know what it takes to get there, but we’ll will have to work twice as hard because everyone is coming after us.

“I’m excited.”