February 15, 2015

Bonnie bombs the Bruins

The Cardinal senior lineup took the floor today, but didn't stay for long as UCLA lost no time in launching a stong attack. The Bruins had a seven-point lead at the first media timeout.

Then the Cardinal went on a 9-0 run kicked off with a 3-pointer from Karlie. The Bruins answered back for a while until Bonnie hit three 3-pointers in a minute and a half.

The Bruins never recovered. The Cardinal led by 13 at the break, by double digits the rest of the game and 68-50 at the end.

Those three 3s were just the beginning for Bonnie. She sank five more in the second half and took her place in the Stanford record book as one of only three players to score eight 3-pointers in a single game — Lindsey Yamasaki did it in 1999 and Candice Wiggins did it in 2007. The Stanford record for 3-pointers in a single game is nine, held by Lindsey (2001) and Molly Goodenbour (1973).

Bonnie didn't set a record for 3-point percentage (that's held by Jennifer Azzi who hit 7-of-7 in 1989), but she scored at a sizzling rate of 75%. Bonnie did more than set scoring records today. She also grabbed six rebounds, as she had on Friday against USC, blocked three shots and dished two assists.

Karlie was a sharp-shooter today too. She made half of her eight shots from beyond the arc and a layup for a total of 14 points.

Lili shone today. She was the Cardinal's third double-digit scorer with 12 points. When she couldn't find her way to the basket, she dished the ball out to a Samuelson, often just a second or two before the buzzer. She assisted five of Bonnie's 3s and two of Karlie's. She also tallied five rebounds and a steal.

For the second time this weekend, the Cardinal were out-rebounded by a bit – 39-36. Kaylee had 11 of the Cardinal rebounds.

In other Pac-12 action today, USC upset Cal 65-54, and the other top teams won. Stanford, ASU and Cal are now in a three-way tie for second, with OSU still on top two games ahead.

Here are game reports and commentary:

The box score and play-by-play,

The press conference audio with Tara, Bonnie and Karlie,

A video interview of Bonnie after draining 8 3-pointers against UCLA,

A gallery of photos from Icon Sportswire,

A gallery of photos by Bob Drebin (Stanford Photo).


Anonymous said...

There seemed to be an annoying amount of flash photography at the game. I thought flash photography was not permitted at the games. Has this changed?

Marian Cortesi said...

I'm sure the policy has not changed. I suggest that you contact the Director of Basketball Operations about this issue -- Eileen Roche (eroche@stanford.edu).