Meanwhile, the Cardinal couldn't seem to find the basket with a flashlight. At 1:28, with the score 9-18, Tara called a timeout. At this time, all nine of Stanford's points were from free throws. At 0:30, Lili hit the first Cardinal basket, and the quarter ended at 11-18.
In the second quarter, the Cardinal began to make headway against the smart, aggressive Cougar defense. Lili hit an early jumper, then Karlie hit a three. The Cardinal got its first lead at 24-23 from a Brittany jumper, but the Cougars quickly got it back and the half ended at 25-27.
The game swung Stanford's way in the third quarter. WSU's shooting cooled off and Lili, Erica, Karlie and Kaylee all began to score. The Cardinal took back the lead and gradually increased it to 45-39 at the end of the quarter.
But the Cougars continued their tough defense and victory was not assured until late in the fourth quarter.
With three minutes left to play, the Cardinal was still ahead by just six points. Then Lili turned the tide with her third three-point jumper of the afternoon. A minute later, Karlie missed a long shot, but Kaylee grabbed the rebound and put it back in.
WSU was not able score again, so the two more three-point shots Lili hit in the last two minutes were only icing on the final score of 69-52.
Lili had a career-best 30 points in all, including five of six from long range.
Bird had her 12th double-double of the season with at 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Kaylee pulled in a season-best 19 rebounds, just three short of her personal best.
Brittany and Karlie had 9 and 10 points respectively and both played tough defense against skilled, physical opposition.
Here are game reports and commentary:
- No. 16 Stanford pulls away from Washington State 69-52, the Associated Press game recap
- Stanford women's basketball surges late to top Washington State, the Pac-12 game recap video
- Washington State Falls at No. 16 Stanford, the Washington State Athletics game recap
- Thompson torches Cougars, the game recap and more from Stanford Athletics
- Thompson scores 30 in Stanford's victory over the Cougars by Rick Eymer (Palo Alto Online)
- Cougars drop road contests against No. 16 Stanford, Cal by Braden Johnson (The Daily Evergreen)
- Thompson gets women’s basketball back on track as Cardinal sweep Washington schools by Kristina Bassi (The Stanford Daily)
- Kaylee Johnson grabs 19 rebounds in No. 16 Stanford's win from The Casper Star-Tribune
- WBB: Stanford 69 Washington State 52 from the CARDboard
The audio press conference with Tara, Lili and Kaylee
A postgame video interview of Kaylee,
And a gallery of photos from Stanford Athletics.