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Cardinal ends the year on a good note with solid victory

 

Lili Thompson scored 12 points, leading a contingent of four players who reached double figures, as the 16th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team downed visiting UC Santa Barbara, 90-34, in a nonconference contest Sunday.

Karlie Samuelson and Briana Roberson each added 11 points as the Cardinal (8-4) recorded its most lop-sided victory since beating Washington, 112-35, in Maples Pavilion on Jan. 8, 2009. The Cardinal beat Washington State, 102-53, two days later.

The 77-point margin of victory is a school and conference record, while the back-to-back games of 100-plus points was a first in 14 years for Stanford.

Brittany McPhee added 10 points and matched her season-high with five rebounds in 22 minutes. She also recorded three steals and blocked three shots. McPhee was part of the reason Stanford had a 31-2 advantage in second chance points against the Gauchos.

The Cardinal opens Pac-12 play Saturday against visiting Colorado at 7 p.m., to be aired on Pac-12 Networks.

"I'm glad we finished the year playing well," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Everybody contributed. Bre had a good game for us shooting 5 of 7 and Brittany gave us a lot of energy."

UC Santa Barbara, which ranks 341st out of 343 teams in scoring offense and 342nd in field goal percentage, scored the game's first basket but it was all Stanford the rest of the way.

Thompson's layup with 7:21 left in the first half put the Cardinal ahead, 28-8, and it never got better for the Gauchos, who shot 20 percent in the first half and 26 percent for the game.

Stanford shot 54.5 percent from the field, the fourth time it has shot better than 50 percent in a game this season.

Erica McCall grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards. She also made all four of her shots. Bonnie and Karlie Samuelson combined to go 6 of 9 from long range while Jasmine Camp was 2 of 3.

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