Samuelson sisters lead Cardinal to basketball victory


Bonnie and Karlie Samuelson held a family picnic in Maples Pavilion on Monday and invited the rest of the 16th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team along for the fun.

Bonnie Samuelson scored a career-high 30 points and combined with Karlie Samuelson on 9 of 14 shooting from long range as the Cardinal ended a two-game losing streak, beating visiting UC Davis, 71-59.

"My shot was feeling good and I felt in a good flow," Bonnie said. "It was fun to start with Karlie today. We were excited to try to get us going in the beginning."

Samuelson recorded the first 30-point effort by a Cardinal not named Ogwumike since Jeanette Pohlen in 2010.

"She gave us a great lift out there," Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. "I'm not sure how she got open but she worked hard for us. Karlie is helping a lot. She's a great glue player."

UC Davis coach Jennifer Gross said she tried to pack the paint to keep Stanford guards from penetrating.

"We left Bonnie open quite a bit and she made us pay for it," Gross said.

The Cardinal (7-4) can feel good heading into the holiday break. Stanford hosts UC Santa Barbara on Sunday at 2 p.m.

"We have a lot of work to do," VanDerveer said. "We're playing a lot of young kids in a new system. We have to figure it out."

Kaylee Johnson added 11 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out late in the game.

"Kaylee Johnson is tough to keep off the boards," Gross said. "Rebounding was the main point of emphasis this week."

UC Davis closed to within 39-38 early in the second half and could never get over the hump as the Cardinal eventually opened its first double-digit lead of the contest with 3:15 left in the game.

The Aggies held a 23-20 advantage with 6:13 remaining to play in the first half. Stanford went on a 12-2 run over the next three minutes, all points courtesy of the Samuelson sisters, who split them evenly, to take the lead for good.

The Cardinal took a 34-30 edge into halftime after failing to get a shot off in the final seconds.

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