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Iowa State vs Stanford LIVE Score W.Basketball March Madness 24 March 2024

Iowa State vs Stanford LIVE Score W.Basketball March Madness 24 March 2024

In the world of NCAA women’s basketball, one name is making waves – Audi Crooks. The freshman center for Iowa State has been turning heads with her dominant performances, most notably her 40-point debut in the NCAA Tournament. Even the Des Moines Police Department joined in the fun, acknowledging in a social media post that “Some Crooks nobody can stop.”

2024 DI Women’s Basketball Championship (March Madness)

Matchups: Iowa State vs. Stanford
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2024
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Maples Pavilion, Stanford, CA
Live stream: Watch here

A Star on the Rise

Crooks, standing at an imposing 6-foot-3, plays in Ames, some 35 miles away from the state capital of Des Moines. While she may not yet have the stardom of Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, she has quickly made a name for herself on the March stage. Her ever-present smile and poise, well beyond her 18 years, have endeared her to fans and fellow players alike.

In a recent game, Crooks led the Cyclones’ 20-point comeback as No. 7-seed Iowa State beat 10th-seeded Maryland 93-86. This sets up a second-round date with No. 2 seed Stanford on the Cardinal’s home court. “I don’t think there’s any question that Audi has the opportunity and platform to impact our sport,” said Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly.

Making History

Crooks joined Bill Walton as the only players in NCAA Tournament history to score 40 points shooting at least 90% after Walton accomplished the feat for UCLA in the 1973 NCAA championship game. This achievement has not gone unnoticed, with Stanford’s players able to witness some of Crooks’ brilliance live in the stands before heading to the locker room to prepare for their game.

A Challenge Ahead

Crooks realizes that duplicating her first-round performance isn’t a realistic expectation — especially given Stanford’s Cameron Brink is the nation’s top shot blocker and swatted six shots in a first-round win against Norfolk State. Brink has 115 blocks this season and her frontcourt teammate Kiki Iriafen is equally capable of regularly disrupting shots.

Despite the challenge ahead, Crooks remains unfazed. “Kind of reminds me growing up playing against my sister who was way taller than me and swatted my shot all over the place,” said Iowa State’s Addy Brown. “They’re really good shot blockers inside, especially Cameron. Just got to be smart and ready for that, know she’s going to come over. Can’t be afraid of that.”

As the tournament progresses, all eyes will be on Crooks. Whether she continues her scoring spree or not, one thing is certain – Audi Crooks is a name to remember in NCAA women’s basketball.

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