November 15, 2015

Stanford Daunts the Dawgs

Updated Nov 16: Corrected ASU v Kentucky result.

It was a highly-contested game that could have so easily gone either way. Tied at the end of the first quarter. Tied at the half. Stanford up by a meager three points at the end of the third quarter. Tied again with seven minutes to go.

Then: bam-bam-bam! a timely barrage of threes by Lili - Karlie - Lili put the Cardinal ahead by ten. The Zags, flustered, missed their next 12 shots and Stanford coasted home to a 65-48 victory.

Bird had a big game — 23 points and 13 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double, plus a block and four steals

Lili was close behind on scoring. She came off the bench and scored 21 points with four-of-seven 3-pointers. She also had three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

The Zags won the rebounding battle. They had as many as ten more than the Cardinal, although the Cardinal closed the gap to 44-43 by the end of the game. Kaylee helped keep the Cardinal in the game by grabbing ten of those rebounds.

Bri played for 35 minutes, Karlie for 26, and Brittany for 21. They contributed to the Cardinal victory in ways that didn't show up much in the box score.

Marta and Alanna both picked up early fouls and were limited to nine minutes and five minutes respectively.

The Pac-12 is off to a great start! In other action today, Oregon defeated #22 North Carolina 79-77 and Cal defeated #8 Louisville 75-71. But Arizona State lost to #18 Kentucky 50-46 in overtime.

The Cardinal returns to Maples next weekend for games against #21 George Washington on Saturday and Santa Clara on Monday.

Here are game reports and commentary:

The box score and play-by-play,

Approximately 5,975 soon-to-be-disappointed fans

Great photos of game action from Stanford Women's Basketball Facebook:

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