STANFORD -- Senior forward Joslyn Tinkle turned her final appearance at Maples Pavilion into a lifelong memory Tuesday night in leading top-seeded Stanford into the Sweet 16 with a 73-40 demolition of Michigan.
Tinkle made all five of her 3-point shots and ended with 21 points in an NCAA tournament second-round mismatch in front of a crowd of 4,717.
Stanford (33-2) reached its 20th Sweet 16 in school history and will join Bay Area rival Cal in Spokane this weekend for the regional semifinals. Stanford faces Georgia at 6:04 p.m. Saturday, and the second-seeded Bears play LSU afterward.
The Cardinal entered the tournament with the reputation as being a one-woman act named Chiney Ogwumike. Wolverines coach Kim Barnes Arico was so intent on stopping the Pac-12 player of the year that she kept two defenders draped over her the whole game.
But the Cardinal destroyed Michigan's 2-3 matchup zone that dared anyone but Ogwumike to bomb away. Tinkle and her teammates gladly obliged as Stanford set a season high by making 12 3-point shots.
"It can't just be the Chiney show every night," said Tinkle, who had six rebounds and three assists. "Everyone woke up and felt a sense of urgency."
Tinkle had plenty of company as Sara James and Bonnie Samuelson each made three from beyond the arc. Ogwumike added 12 points and 15 rebounds, and Amber Orrange had 11 points and six assists.
"It was a collective sigh of relief," Ogwumike said of her teammates' effort. "We're so unselfish almost to a fault."
It left Michigan (22-11) dazed from the get-go as the Cardinal raced to a 41-16 halftime lead.
But no question this was Tinkle's fond farewell. She is the only player who will graduate as the Cardinal expects everyone else to return next season.
"Everybody had that feeling this is our last game at Maples this season and Jos' last game ever, so let's kill it, and we did," said her roommate Mikaela Ruef, who had nine points and six rebounds.
It wasn't just the long-range shots that flustered Michigan. The Cardinal's stick-to-'em defense forced Michigan's Kate Thompson to miss her first 10 shots, including six from beyond the arc. Thompson, who entered the game as one of the country's best 3-point shooters, made her only basket with 2:42 left.
James anchored the defense with a tenacious effort against Thompson. No matter how many screens the Wolverines used, James got around them to remain in Thompson's hair.
"Kate faces that night in and night out," Wolverines guard Jenny Ryan said. "But we set screen after screen" and yet Thompson couldn't break free.
The rest of the Wolverines didn't fare much better as the team shot 29.2 percent. Eighth-seeded Michigan has never reached the Sweet 16, and it showed.
"You hate to say this, maybe inside we felt a little intimidated," Barnes Arico said.
As a result, Stanford extended its winning streak to 19 games, having last lost Jan. 13 to Cal.
Stanford heads to Spokane for a regional semifinal game for the third time since 2008, when it began its run of five consecutive Final Four appearances. The Cardinal is gunning for a record sixth consecutive trip this year.
If Tinkle and company can continue their play, Stanford might have a chance. Tinkle, a 6-foot-3 forward from Missoula, Mont., has had a breakout senior season, earning All-Pac-12 honors.
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer reminded Tinkle before the game that Candice Wiggins and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude had masterful games in their final appearances at Maples.
"This is the tradition, if you're a senior, this is what we want from you," VanDerveer said.
Tinkle gave her a performance to remember.
At Spokane, Wash.
Stanford (33-2) vs. Georgia (27-6), 6:04 p.m., ESPN
Cal (30-3) vs. LSU (22-11), after Stanford-Georgia, ESPN2
For a slideshow from Tuesday's game, go to http://photos.mercurynews.com.