For first time, Stanford women fall to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Stanford began Sunday with a No. 6 national ranking and the knowledge that it had not lost to Utah in 23 meetings.

But as the Utes showed, things have changed.

Utah shed its underdog status in the Pac-12, with Erika Bean’s go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left sending the No. 21 Utes on theirs way to a 75-68 win over the Cardinal.

Bean, who scored 23 points, was 5-for-8 from 3-point range. Her final basket put Utah ahead 71-68.

Stanford was ahead by seven with 6:52 left in the third quarter, but Utah closed the period on a 20-8 run and led by five entering the fourth.

“We continued to just chip away,” Utah head coach Lynne Roberts said. “This win is so big because of who Stanford is and what they’ve done.”

“They shot the ball well, but they’re not a one-dimensional team,” Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer said. “It was not a fluke they beat us. They played better than us.”

Megan Huff had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Utes, and Kiana Moore added 13 points as Utah (18-1, 7-1 Pac-12) won its sixth straight.

Alanna Smith had 19 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with 50 seconds left for Stanford (17-2, 7-1). Dijonai Carrington had 13 points for the Cardinal.

Smith committed an offensive foul after Bean’s late 3, and the Cardinal missed all three shots they took in the final minute.

“I didn’t see any wavering or nervousness,” Bean said. “Everyone was locked in. We had a minute to go and we wanted to get that win.”

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