The Wildcats used a 4-5 player full-court press throughout the game that frequently discombobulated the Cardinal. But once the Cardinal broke free, they scored at a fine rate of 46% – just a bit below their season average.
Also delightful, but not surprising, was Chiney's 18th double-double of the season – 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Jos was the third double-digit scorer for the Cardinal with 15 points. She made three of four attempts from beyond the arc. Sara and Taylor each made one of three 3-pointers.
Bonnie launched six long ones, but her shots weren't falling tonight. However, she drove to the basket for two layups, was fouled on two other attempts and made all four of her free throws.
Although the Wildcats committed 21 fouls (and the Cardinal 18), it was not an ugly aggressive game. The fouls came mostly from honest defense and from players getting tangled up, not from their assaulting each other.
The Wildcats, who had the best free throw percentage in the conference, made just 10 of 19 tonight. The Cardinal made a respectable 67%. If you discount five misses by freshmen, the more experienced players made an excellent 82% of theirs.
The Cardinal, benefitting from a height advantage, were very good on defense tonight. They out-rebounded the Wildcats 47-28, held them to 31% shooting and held their two double-digit scorers to a total of 14 points.
The fast pace forced by the Wildcats made for an exciting game, but caused trouble for both teams. Each turned the ball over 19 times, the Wildcats had nine steals and the Cardinal had eleven steals.
Toni was present tonight, but not in uniform – reason not disclosed.
In other Pac-12 action tonight, Cal defeated ASU, and UCLA squeaked past Washington by four points to take sole possession of third place.
Here are game reports and commentary:
- No. 4 Stanford takes down Arizona 73-43 by Rick Eymer (Associated Press)
- No. 4 Stanford women's basketball team routs Arizona 73-43 by Elliott Almond (Mercury News)
- Stanford women roll over Arizona 73-43 by Tom FitzGerald (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Ruef pulls double duty for a career first in Cardinal win by Rick Eymer (Palo Alto Online)
- Arizona Women's Basketball Falls to No. 4 Stanford from Arizona Athletics, includes brief Niya Butts press conference video
- WBB: Stanford 73 Arizona 43 from the CARDboard
- Stanford women win easily despite 19 turnovers by Jake Curtis
And photos by Marcio Jose Sanchez (Associated Press):