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Long-range goals come in handy for the Cardinal women

 

Lili Thompson scored 26 points, including six 3-pointers, and the fifth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team downed host Hawaii, 86-73, in the second day of the Rainbow Wahine Shootout in Honolulu on Saturday.

Amber Orrange added 19 points and eight assists for the Cardinal (4-2), which rebounded from Friday's loss to No. 11 North Carolina. Erica McCall added 11 points and nine boards and Kaylee Johnson had 10 points on 5 of 5 shooting to go with eight rebounds.

The Cardinal finish the Shootout with a game against Prairie View A&M on Sunday and then has two weeks off for finals before hosting Santa Clara on Sunday, Dec. 14.

Thompson was 6 of 7 from long range for an 86 percent success rate. Jennifer Azzi, Joslyn Tinkle and Lauren St. Clair share the school mark, at 100 percent, on a minimum five attempts. Azzi was 7 of 7 in a game against Eastern Washington on Dec. 29, 1989.

"My teammates just kept finding me and luckily I could knock it down," Thompson said.

Stanford was 12 of 18 overall from 3-point land, tied for 11th on the all-time list. Orrange, Bonnie Samuelson and Karlie Samuelson each sank two 3-pointers.

Hawaii led by as many as eight in the first half and was up, 20-13, with 13:04 left in the half before a 10-2 run gave Stanford a 23-22 lead with 9:19 remaining.

The Cardinal took control of the game with a 10-0 run late in the first half, sparked by a pair of Thompson 3-pointers. She scored eight of the 10 points in the run.

Kailee Johnson hit a jumper with 1:26 left before halftime that gave Stanford a 45-30 edge.

"I think we came out and played with a lot more energy, and we were patient on offense and allowed the posts to get more involved," Orrange said.

The Cardinal led by as many as 16 points in the second half before Hawaii began chipping away at the lead.

Hawaii drew within 62-56 midway through the second half but that was as close as the Rainbow Wahine would come.

Stanford improved to 9-0 all-time versus Hawaii.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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