The 67-year-old Montgomery decided to retire following an up-and-down season that ended last Wednesday with a loss to SMU in the quarterfinals of the NIT.
That missed chance in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals cost Tara VanDerveer’s Stanford team a top seed in the NCAA tournament. And a short flight — and that’s what hurts most for VanDerveer considering fewer Cardinal fans will make the Midwest trek.
UCLA jumped on listless Stanford early and kept pouring it on for an 84-59 rout over the Cardinal on Friday night to set up a showdown against the fourth-ranked and top-seeded Wildcats in the Pac-12 championship game.
Stanford shut down Arizona State’s best players and pulled away with a dominating second-half offensive performance, picking up a marquee win by blowing out third-seeded Arizona State 79-58 Thursday night in the Pac-12 tournament.
Askia Booker scored 17 points, Xavier Talton added 13 and Colorado held off California 59-56 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday.
Stanford shot its way into the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals, adding another notch to its NCAA tournament resume.
Reshanda Grey led Cal (21-9) with 26 points, but second-leading scorer Brittany Boyd finished with nine points and fouled out with 6 minutes left. Gennifer Brandon finished with 20 points off the bench for California, which has lost two straight, and Afure Jemerigbe added 16.
Chiney Ogwumike scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half, and No. 4 Stanford overcame its worst scoring first half of the season to knock off pesky Colorado 69-54 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Conference tournament Friday.
It was a costly loss for the Golden Bears, who began the final week of regular-season play tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 with Colorado and Stanford.
Chasson Randle scored 24 points to rally the Cardinal (18-11, 9-8) from an eight-point deficit to take the lead in the final minutes. But he missed a 3-pointer as time expired.