NC State pulled off the only upset in Portland on Friday night, but it was a big one. Wes Moore and the third-seeded Wolfpack stunned Tara VanDerveer and second-seeded Stanford at Moda Center with a 10-point victory that may have put the rest of the tournament on notice. The Wolfpack have a superstar in Aziaha James, who dropped 29 points on the Cardinal, and they seem to be a loose team. After their Friday win, Moore entered his postgame news conference drenched in water and with his hair slicked back. He joked that reporters could call him “Elvis,” then joked again Saturday morning that hopefully Elvis would making another appearance after the Wolfpack play No. 1 Texas.

The top-seeded Longhorns dominated No. 4 seed Gonzaga 69-47 later on Friday night in a game that never felt close. Perhaps most impressive, the Longhorns did it with star guard Maddie Booker in early foul trouble, contributing just 6 points in 25 minutes. Forward Aaliyah Moore was everywhere — hustling for rebounds and taking on contact down low — as she paced the Longhorns with 16 points. Guard Shaylee Gonzales scored 15 points with 9 of them coming from deep, and Shay Holle added 12.

NC State prepared several different looks for Stanford on defense, which ultimately worked in the Wolfpack’s favor. But Texas looked too well-rounded and too dominant on a night when their best player struggled to pick against them.

The pick: Texas


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