Haley Jones kept No. 5 Stanford in the game in the first half and then helped carry the Cardinal with a big second half.
Jones scored a season-high 21 points and had 11 rebounds to help the host Cardinal beat UC Davis 67-55 on Saturday.
“We still didn’t box out well enough in the first half and our O-pace was not fast enough,” Jones said. “We came out in the second half with a lot of defensive intensity. Anna (Wilson) came out with a lot of fire and heart and when she gets going, we all feed off her energy.”
Lexie Hull hit two key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points for Stanford (11-1), which was coming off a loss to Texas. Nadia Fingall added 11 points.
“This will get everyone’s attention on playing better defense,” Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. “We stepped up in the second half and Haley made some nice plays. She came to play. Defense was the difference.”
Freshman Evanne Turner made her first start, replacing the injured Sophia Song, and scored 15 points to lead the Aggies (4-8), who lost their 14th straight to the Cardinal.
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“She’s been playing with a lot of confidence, so we went with her,” Aggies coach Jenny Gross said of Turner. “It paid off. I’m proud of her. I think this game will give us confidence that we can play with anyone in the country.”
Katie Toole added 13 points and Mackenzie Trpcic had 10. Cierra Hall added a team-high eight rebounds and scored six points.
Stanford ended the third quarter on a 10-1 run to take a 46-41 edge into the fourth. Jones scored five points, including a driving layup with 26 seconds left in the third.
“She is well beyond her years in terms of understanding the game,” VanDerveer said of Jones. “She’s very intelligent.”
Anna Wilson, the younger sister of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, hit a layup that gave Stanford a 17-7 advantage midway through the first quarter.
St. Mary’s 86, USF 79: Sam Simons scored 23 points and added seven rebounds and Madeline Holland contributed 22 points and eight boards to lead the visiting Gaels (6-6, 1-0 WCC) past the Dons (7-6, 0-1). Emily Codding added 19 points for St. Mary’s.
Lucie Hoskova led USF with 24 points, Kia Vaalavirta added 18 and Mikayla Williams had 17.
Santa Clara 75, Pacific 65: Tia Hay poured in 22 points and added eight rebounds and five assists as thehost Broncos (7-5, 1-0 WCC) beat the Tigers (7-5, 0-1). Valerie Higgins led Pacific with 16 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
St. Mary’s 84, Seattle 58: Dan Fotu scored 17 points as the Gaels (13-2) soared past the Redhawks (7-8).
St. Mary’s led 36-30 at intermission, then opened the second half with 13-0 run over the first five minutes.
Alex Ducas had 16 points and eight rebounds, Jordan Ford added 15 points and Malik Fitts had 10 points for the Gaels.
Terrell Brown had 22 points to lead Seattle.
San Jose State 83, Pepperdine 68: Brae Ivey had 23 points and seven rebounds as the host Spartans (4-10) whipped the Waves (7-7).
#19 Kentucky 78, #3 Louisville 70: Nick Richards had 13 points, including seven consecutive in overtime, and the host Wildcats (9-3) scored the final eight points to beat the Cardinals (11-2).
Louisville led 68-65 on Jordan Nwora’s 3-pointer with 2:20 left before Richards converted a 3-point play to make it 70-68. The junior forward added another layup and two more foul shots before Immanuel Quickley and Tyrese Maxey provided a six-point cushion from the line. Ashton Hagans’ dunk with 4.9 seconds left sealed the win.
#4 Duke, 75, Brown 50: Vernon Carey Jr. scored 19 points to help the Blue Devils (11-1) beat the Bears (5-6). Alex O’Connell added 14 points for Duke.
#9 Memphis 97, New Orleans 55: Precious Achiuwa had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Lester Quinones added 13 points as the host Tigers (11-1) built a huge first-half lead and easily beat the Privateers (4-8).
#12 Butler 67, Louisiana-Monroe 36: Derrik Smits scored 16 points off the bench to lead the host Bulldogs (12-1) past the Warhawks (4-7). Bryce Nze had 10 points and seven rebounds and Sean McDermott scored 10 points for Butler, which has won three in a row.
#15 San Diego State 73, Cal Poly 57: Malachi Flynn scored 14 points and the host Aztecs (13-0) overcame a slow start to beat the Mustangs (2-11) and continue their best start in nine seasons and remain one of three undefeated teams nationally.
San Diego State remains on its hottest start since 2010-11, when it opened 20-0 behind Kawhi Leonard and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time before finishing 34-3.
#17 Florida State 88, North Alabama 71: Malik Osborne scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half as the host Seminoles (11-2) cruised past the Lions (5-8).
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