The Cardinal wrapped up its appearance in the Rainbow Wahine Shootout this afternoon with an easy win over the determined, but over-matched, Prairie View Lady Panthers.
The mismatch let Tara give the Cardinal reserves lots of minutes. With about 11 minutes left to play and the Cardinal ahead 71-29, all the Cardinal starters had subbed out for good. The Cardinal bench took over and increased the lead by one point — to the final score of 88-45.
Every Cardinal except Alex (who has been out of uniform all weekend) got at least four minutes of playing time and thirteen of them scored.
They launched 18 3-pointers and sank 11 of them. Four of those especially delighted the two dozen or so Cardinal fans in attendance — EPayne and TaylorR each made their first collegiate 3-pointer and Bri made two of them for the first time.
An equally pleasing performance came at the free throw line, where the Cardinal hit 17 of 21. In their three games in Honolulu they've made 68%, 80%, 81%. It's beginning to look like a trend.
It's also beginning to look like Bird is settling in as a consistently dependable presence in the post. She led all scorers today with 13 points – made on 5 of 8 field goals and 3 of 4 free throws – and matched her career-high nine rebounds.
Kaylee had another strong game. Not as good scoring as yesterday (just one field goal), but she again got eight rebounds and also tallied three blocks, two steals and an assist.
All good news for the Cardinal, who return to Stanford for the winter finals break. They'll be back at Maples to play Santa Clara on December 14.
In the second game today, Hawai'i came very close to upsetting North Carolina. Here is an account of that game from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: North Carolina holds off Rainbow Wahine basketball team. I wonder how the Stanford/Hawai'i game would have gone if Shawna-Lei Kuehu hadn't been disabled for most of the second half.
The All-Tournament team was Jeanette Jackson (Prairie View A&M), Lili Thompson (Stanford), Shawna-Lei Kuehu (Hawai`i), Amber Orrange (Stanford) and Allisha Gray (North Carolina). The Most Valuable Player was Latifah Coleman (North Carolina).
Here are game reports and commentary on Stanford's game:
- Pick Your Poison, the Associated Press game recap (posted by Stanford Athletics)
- No. 5 Stanford powers past Prairie View A&M, the Prairie View A&M Athletics game recap
- McCall helps Cardinal women leave Hawaii on a winning note from Palo Alto Online
- Another Perfect Day in Paradise by Wally Mersereau, FBC traveller
Dave Cortesi's Hawaii Tournament photo gallery,
And a few photos by Marco Garcia (Associated Press):