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Orrange leads Stanford women past Santa Clara, 82-43

 

Amber Orrange scored a season-high 20 points, Kaylee Johnson matched her season-best with 22 rebounds and No. 7 Stanford beat visiting Santa Clara, 82-43, in a nonconference women's basketball contest Sunday.

Freshman Brittany McPhee and senior Bonnie Samuelson each added 11 points as Stanford (6-2) won its third straight heading into this week's contest at Chattanooga -- which beat the Lady Vols -- on Wednesday and at No. 11 Tennessee on Saturday.

Johnson, who recorded 22 rebounds against New Mexico, now owns two of the top four single game performances in Cardinal history. Only Chiney Ogwumike (24) and Nnemaki Ogwumike (23) have been better.

"I didn't think I rebounded well at all," Johnson said. "I thought I could have gotten a few more. I try to remind myself to box out more than anything; just going after the ball."

Johnson did become the first Stanford player aside from Chiney to record a pair of 20-plus rebound games. She's also the only player in the NCAA with multiple 20-plus rebound games this year.

"I don't think about it," Johnson said. "I mean, why not? Crash the boards: it's physical; it's competitive. Coming away with the ball is the greatest thing."

Stanford missed its first six shots but also limited Santa Clara from the field to stay within striking distance. The Cardinal was 10 for its next 20 and opened a big lead.

"I think we played well together," said Orrange, who was two points shy of her career-high. "A lot of people contributed."

Bonnie Samuelson scored nine of her points during a seven-minute stretch of the first half in which Stanford outscored the Broncos, 17-2, to take a 35-17 advantage into the final two minutes.

"Amber did a great job pushing the ball and scoring," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Bonnie gave us a big lift in the first half."

The Cardinal led, 40-21, at halftime.

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