UNC saw its women’s basketball season come to an end Saturday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, dropping a 72-65 decision to favored Stanford in the semifinals of the Spokane Regional.

UNC guard Italee Lucas
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  • UNC guard Italee Lucas

The Cardinal (32-2), ranked No. 2 nationally and the No. 1 seed in the region, advanced to Monday night’s game against No. 11 seed Gonzaga.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike led Stanford, which scored the final seven points of the game, with 19 points, while her sister Chiney added 16 and Kayla Pedersen 15.

Italee Lucas scored 22 in her final game for the No. 14 Tar Heels (28-9), who were the No. 5 seed in the region. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt chipped in 14 points and Chay Shegog 13 for UNC. Jessica Breland had a rough night in her finale as a Tar Heel, scoring two points.