February 12, 2016

Everybody plays in easy win over Arizona

The Cardinal came out strong and scored quickly in this game. Lili opened with a layup. Kaylee stole the ball and Bri made a layup. Kaylee scored a jumper; Bird made a layup; Karlie hit a jumper; then Bird again; and then Karlie hit a three. Four minutes into the game and it was 15-2 Stanford.

The Wildcats pulled themselves together and did a little scoring, but the Cardinal had a 20-point lead at the half.

Early in the fourth quarter, Tara began clearing the bench. At the end, the Cardinal floor contingent was Kiran at the point, Alexa, Alex, Shannon and Tess. All 14 roster players had at least five minutes. Alexa stood out among the end-of-the bench crew, hitting a jumper, a three, and two free throws for a career-best seven points.

Marta played an impressive 18 minutes at the point, during which she dished five assists, drove to the basket twice for four points, had three steals and only two turnovers.

Scoring was quite evenly distributed: Bird 12, Lili 11, Kaylee 10, Brittany 9, Karlie 8, Bri, Alanna and Alexa with 7 each. Marta and Kiran had 4 and Alex, 2. Collectively, they made 52% of their shots.

This was the kind of runaway win that is usually seen only in the pre-season, and for fans a nice change from the tight competition of this year's PAC-12.

Here are game reports and commentary:

The box score and play-by-play,

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

A video interview of Marta,

And photos by Marcio Jose Sanchez (Associated Press):

Bri goes up to shoot
Bird launches a jumper
Kaylee launches a jumper
Lili on the move
Marta on the move
Bird goes high for a rebound
Marta scrambles for a loose ball
One of Alanna's four blocks

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