Jones and 3-pointers key No. 1 Stanford over Cowgirls 73-62

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Stanford guard Kiana Williams (23) scores over Oklahoma State guard Neferatali Notoa during the second half of a college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman)

SAN ANTONIO – The Stanford Cardinal keep making 3-pointers and the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament booked yet another trip to the Sweet 16.

Haley Jones scored 17 points and Stanford unleased another long-range barrage with 13 3-pointers to outlast No. 8 Oklahoma State 73-62 on Tuesday night.

The scoring wave came after Stanford made 15 3-pointers in their opening round at the tournament in Texas, where the Cardinal advance to their 27th Sweet 16 overall in pursuit of a third national championship. Stanford hasn't won a title since 1992.

The outcome may seem typical, but it finished a little closer than Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer would have liked after the Cardinal opened up 20-point lead in the third quarter. And those 3-pointers covered up mistakes like 16 turnovers, missed layups and poor shooting over the final minutes.

“This is a tough game. I think that’s good. I think it’s good to have tough games,” VanDerveer said. "I’m excited about the win, I’m excited about moving on and we know that we have to play better.”

The Cardinal advance to play the winner of Wednesday's matchup between No. 5 Missouri State and No. 13 Wright State in the Alamo Region.

Stanford (27-2) had four players score in double figures and all five starters made at least one 3-pointer. Neferatali Notoa scored 14 for Oklahoma State (19-9).

The Stanford 3-pointers came from everywhere from the opening minute.