February 03, 2015

Cardinal dominates the Dawgs

Updated Feb 3: Added game reports from The Stanford Daily and UW's The Daily and a gallery of photos from Icon Sportswire.

The Cardinal began their scoring a bit late with a three-pointer by Bri three minutes into the game. Then they proceeded to put together a beautiful first half of solid defense (holding the Dawgs to 38% shooting), splendid shooting (50% from the field (15-30), 44% from beyond the arc (7-16) and 100% from the line (8-8)) and grand larceny (five steals, cashed in for nine points). They led by as much as 21 points and ended the half with a seemingly comfortable 16-point lead.

But the Dawgs weren't finished. They gnawed at the lead after the break and reduced it to six points. With eight minutes left in the game, the Cardinal regained control and coasted to an 82-69 victory.

For the second time this weekend, five Cardinal players scored in double-digits.

Bonnie led the way with 17 points on a jumper from inside the arc, two of four from beyond the arc and nine of nine at the line. (The free throws all came during the course of the game, not from deliberate fouling at the end.) Bonnie's second trey tonight was the 200th of her Stanford career, which places her seventh in the all-time list. Ten more will take her past Nicole Powell, Sebnem Kimyacioglu, Kelley Suminski and Vanessa Nygaard into third place behind Jeanette Pohlen and Candice Wiggins.

Bri's offense was equally impressive. She sank three of six from beyond the arc and six of seven from the line for a total of 15 points. She also grabbed four rebounds and stole the ball twice.

Amber scored 14 points (including two treys) on 60% shooting, but her biggest contribution tonight was on defense. She dogged Kelsey Plum (the third-best scorer in the nation) all through the first half and held her to seven shots, only one of which was successful.

Kaylee tallied her fifth double-double with the game-high 17 rebounds and 11 points. She made four of six field goal attempts and three of five free throws. She is now the top freshman rebounder in the country with an average of 10.45 per game. She also blocked four shots.

Karlie was the fifth double-digit scorer with ten points (including two treys) on 57% shooting. Her two three-pointers and a layup came early in the game and sparked the Cardinal's run to a commanding lead.

After this weekend's game, the top tier of the Pac-12 standings is unchanged. Oregon State is still undefeated, Arizona State and Stanford are one game back with a single loss, and Cal is in fourth place with two losses.

The Cardinal travel to Arizona next to play ASU in Tempe on Friday night and Arizona in Tucson on Sunday.

Although OSU has seemed invincible this season, the top four slots are still up for grabs. Cal also plays ASU next weekend; OSU has one game left against each of the other three; and Cal and Stanford will play each other twice.

Here are game reports and commentary:

The box score and play-by-play,

The press conference audio, with Tara, Bonnie and Kaylee,

A video interview of Bonnie reflecting on her 200 career 3-pointers,

A gallery of photos by Nhat V. Meyer (Bay Area News Group),

A gallery of photos from Icon Sportswire.

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