There are some games when Stanford finds its groove from the opening tip, methodically handles business, and the key thing coach Tara VanDerveer takes from a victory was the opportunity to rest her regulars and find positives from the small strides.
Alanna Smith scored 11 of her 27 points in the third period and also grabbed 13 rebounds as No. 6 Stanford beat Washington 91-54 on Friday night for its 19th straight home victory.
“I was really happy with how our team came out tonight and I was really excited about how our bench finished,” VanDerveer said. “I think the best thing is from my perspective, no one got in foul trouble, no one got hurt and no one played more than 30 minutes. I think we’re just getting better and better.”
Kiana Williams scored 22 points and knocked down four 3-pointers for the Cardinal (15-1, 5-0 Pac-12), who beat Washington for an 18th straight time at Maples Pavilion.
“We’re led by the best point guard in the league,” VanDerveer said.
Smith shot 12-for-18 and has all five of her double-doubles this season over the past seven games.
Now, VanDerveer will look for her 900th win in 32 seasons at Stanford when her team hosts Washington State on Sunday, having never lost to the Cougars.
DiJonai Carrington contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for Stanford, which is off to the program’s best start since beginning 22-1 in 2013-14.
Amber Melgoza was held nearly 11 points below her average, scoring eight points and committing five turnovers for Washington (8-10, 1-5), which didn’t have a double-digit scorer.
#5 Oregon 77, #19 Arizona State 71: Walnut Creek’s Sabrina Ionescu scored 31 points and the host Ducks fought off a late 3-point barrage and outlasted the Sun Devils (12-5, 3-3 Pac-12). Maite Cazorla added 16 points and Ruthy Hebard had 14 for the Ducks (16-1, 5-0), who won their ninth game in a row.
#10 Oregon State 86, Arizona 64: Destiny Slocum had four 3-pointers and finished with 24 points to lead the host Beavers (15-2, 5-0 Pac-12) to their seventh win in a row. Aari McDonald had 20 points and Cate Reese scored 18 for the Wildcats (13-4, 3-3).
#16 Buffalo 77, Eastern Michigan 65: CJ Massinburg scored 31 points as the Bulls (17-1, 5-0 Mid-American Conference) won their 20th straight home game.
#19 Maryland 75, Ohio State 61: Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 20 points, and the visiting Terrapins (16-3, 7-1 Big Ten) won their seventh straight. C.J. Jackson scored 15 points for the Buckeyes (12-5, 2-4), who lost their fourth straight.
#22 Villanova 85, Xavier 75: Phil Booth scored 22 points and Collin Gillespie added 18 as the host Wildcats (14-4, 5-0 Big East) won their sixth in a row. Eric Paschall added 17 points and eight rebounds for Villanova, which shot 50 percent from the field and made 15 3-pointers. Tyrique Jones led the Musketeers (11-8, 3-3) with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
UConn self-imposes penalties: Connecticut said it is self-imposing penalties, including the loss of a scholarship for the 2019-20 season, for violations of NCAA rules by its basketball program under former coach Kevin Ollie. UConn fired Ollie after a 14-18 season a year ago, and later detailed numerous NCAA violations it said were committed during his tenure. The NCAA characterized the violations as “a severe breach of conduct.” UConn is 10-8 this season under coach Dan Hurley.
Princeton player suspended: School officials say Devin Cannady has been suspended from Princeton after throwing a punch at a campus police officer and being arrested following a confrontation at a convenience store. Cannady, 22, Princeton’s leading scorer who ranks fifth on the university’s all-time scoring list, faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
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