Well, that was a huge mis-match! The Corban Warriors tried hard to contain the Cardinal with pesky in-your-face defense, but they really weren't big enough or strong enough or skilled enough to be effective. Stanford won, 117-33.
You can't really judge performance in such a lop-sided contest, but 500 or so Cardinal fans enjoyed getting a good look at almost all the team members. (Aly is red-shirting this season, Alex is not yet cleared to play, Toni did not play – I don't know why.)
Joslyn, Chiney, Sara, Taylor and Amber started.
Joslyn was the dependable, senior leader – calm and in control, making 87.5% of her field goal attempts.
Chiney was, as always, strong under the basket on offense and defense. She didn't move out to the perimeter tonight. By the way, you can Twitter Chat with Chiney on Friday morning. Here's when and how.
Sara got off to a slow start, but found her rhythm halfway through the first half and put on a shooting show! She sank four of nine from the outside and added six layups for a grand total of 24 points.
Taylor showed no reluctance to shoot tonight, as she sometimes did last season. She took five quick shots and made four of them.
Amber played as if it were a title game. She didn't go to her right, as some say she should, but she was a beast going to the left. She drove to the basket, dished out seven assists, and stole the ball eight times.
Mikaela was warmly welcomed back to the court by her fans. She was a bit rusty (not surprising after such a long layoff), but moved well and made four assists and several good shots.
Bonnie is as quick as ever with her shot. She put on a three-point clinic — made seven of twelve attempts — and added a layup and four free throws for the game-high 27 points.
Erica was full of energy and enthusiasm — a bit out of control at times — but contributed fierce defense, six rebounds, six assists and five points to the victory.
Jasmine took the point for 17 minutes and was an able floor leader and a strong defender. She distributed the ball well, but didn't take any shots herself. She isn't back to her full potential yet.
Tess seemed uncomfortable when surrounded by a swarm of small warriors and wasn't effective tonight. However, she grabbed the team-high eight rebounds and blocked a couple of shots.
Kiran earned a cheer from the crowd when she began her college scoring with a beautiful 3-pointer.
Denia got her turn at the point for just eight minutes. She's quick, has good ball control and is a pesky defender.
Here is the AP game recap,
A gallery of photos from Stanford Photo,
And photos by Jeff Chiu, Associated Press