November 20, 2014

Cardinal hooked by the 'Horns

Updated Nov 21, 8:40 am: Added Daily News and Stanford Daily articles.

The Texas Longhorns played a great game tonight and won 87-81 in overtime.

The Cardinal fought hard for 45 minutes, but just couldn't match the Longhorns on offense or defense.

The Longhorns led for most of the game, by as much as 10 points. The Cardinal finally took its first lead (since the first four minutes) with 1:43 minutes left to play but couldn't hold on to it. The Longhorns made three of six field goals in the overtime period, and the Cardinal made just one of seven, and that was that.

There were some bright spots in an otherwise disappointing evening for Cardinal fans.

Lili led all scorers with 28 points (her career high). This was her third consecutive 20+ point game. She's the first Stanford guard to do that in a long time. I don't know when a Stanford guard last scored 20+ points in three consecutive games — maybe never. I'll wait for goStanford to research that statistic.

Kaylee led all rebounders again with 13 again — a repeat of Monday night. She has grabbed 30 rebounds so far in her collegiate career, an average of 10.0 per game. Some other great Cardinal rebounders — Chiney, Kayla and Nicole — averaged 8.0, 8.4 and 8.5 rpg respectively in their freshman year.

Bri, who is proving to be a valuable backup at the point, matched her career-high points in a single game by sinking the first eight of her ten free throws (we can only hope that it's contagious).

Here are game reports and commentary:

The box score and play-by-play,

A gallery of photos by Karen Ambrose Hickey (Stanford Photo),

And photos by Beck Diefenbach (Associated Press):

Alex in a battle with Brianna Taylor for possession of the ball
Bonnie on defense against Brianna Taylor
Kaylee and Bird impede Kelsey Lang's drive to the basket
Lili celebrates an opportunity for a couple of free throws

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