November 23, 2015

Bronco stampede stuns the Cardinal

The Broncos brought their best defensive game ever to Maples tonight and defeated the Cardinal, 61-58, for the first time since 1998.

The Broncos' aggressive, wide-spread zone defense completely flummoxed the Cardinal, who never got into an offensive rhythm. The Cardinal couldn't penetrate to the basket, their 3-pointers weren't falling (until late in the game — way too late) and their free-throw shooting was pathetic (10-of-17 for 59%).

The discombobulated Cardinal turned the ball over 26 times (four shy of Stanford's single-game record) in their attempts to solve the Bronco defense.

The Broncos made good use of those additional possessions and of superior offensive re-bounding (23 to 16). They weren't shooting very well (31% to the Cardinal's 36%), but they took 71 shots to the Cardinal's 53.

Lili had her third straight 21-point game, and Bird had her fourth straight double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds), but that wasn't quite enough to prevail over the determined Broncos.

Here are game reports and commentary:

The box score and play-by-play,

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

The press conference audio, with Tara, Lili and Bri,

And a few of Nhat V. Meyer's photos:

Alanna fights for the ball
Bird takes a shot
Bri drives into the Bronco defense
Brittany takes a shot
Lili launches one of her five 3-pointers
Jubilant Broncos

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