What a difference two days and a change of venues make.
After losing to Cal on a last-second basket at Berkeley on Thursday night, the No. 8 Stanford women handed the Bears their worst loss of the season 75-50 Saturday at Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinal exacted their revenge in overwhelming fashion, with a balanced offense and a smothering defense that limited Cal to 27 percent shooting.
Stanford (18-3, 8-2) had 19 points each from Kiana Williams and DiJonai Carrington and 16 from Alanna Smith.
One of the few positive notes for Cal was that Kristine Anigwe scored 20 points and tied Colleen Galloway’s school career record of 2,320 points. The nation’s leading rebounder also had 20 boards before fouling out the 2:23 left.
It was Stanford’s 21st straight home win and its 20th win in its last 24 games with the Golden Bears.
The Cardinal badly needed to avoid a three-game losing streak with No. 9 Oregon State and No. 4 Oregon coming to Maples this week.
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After sinking 12 three-pointers on Thursday night, the Bears made just two in 14 tries Saturday.
Recee’ Caldwell had 12 points for Cal, including 10 in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinal led by 20 at the half, then kept the offensive clinic going in the third quarter. They also eliminated almost all easy baskets for the Bears; Anigwe had one basket in the quarter, but it came on a difficult, left-handed jump-hook on which she was fouled.
The Cardinal dominated the first quarter. They jumped to a 22-5 lead after a quarter full of drives and back-door layups.
The Bears missed their first six shots. Their best shot of the quarter didn’t count – a two-thirds court heave by Jaelyn Brown that came just after the buzzer.
Anigwe briefly left the game after taking a hit under the hoop. In the first half, she had 12 points – eight of them on foul shots – and 12 rebounds.
But Stanford led 37-17 after one of its best halves of the season. It shot 44 percent (4 for 29), limited the Bears to 14 percent shooting, and held a 24-22 rebounding edge.
Williams hit a pair of threes and mainly was unstoppable on drives on her way to 14 points. Twenty of Stanford’s points came in the paint.
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