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Stanford women rally to secure Pac-12 hoops road victory

 

Lili Thompson scored 15 points, including a game-clinching 3-pointer in the final minute of play, and the 15th ranked Stanford women's basketball team passed its first Pac-12 road test, beating host Washington, 60-56, Friday night.

Amber Orrange added 14 points and five assists as the Cardinal (3-0 in Pac-12 play, 11-4 overall) won its fifth straight and won on the road for the first time since visiting Hawaii in late November.

Bonnie Samuelson scored 12 points, all on 3-pointers, and freshman Kaylee Johnson recorded 13 rebounds, including four on the offensive boards as Stanford avenged last year's loss in Seattle to remain atop the Pac-12 standings as one of four teams with a 3-0 record.

The Cardinal travels to play at Washington State (1-2, 10-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m., to be aired on the Pac-12 Networks. The Cougars lost at home, 70-62, to Cal on Friday.

Stanford remains one of the conference's top teams despite averaging 59 points in Pac-12 play. The Cardinal has allowed its conference opponents 51.7 points a game.

Overall, Stanford has held its past eight opponents to fewer than 60 points after giving up at least 63 points in each of its first six games.

The Cardinal matched Washington's 34 percent field goal percentage for the game, though the Huskies were better from long range and the foul line.

Key defensive stops and the ability to take advantage of its opportunities swung the balance toward Stanford, which outscored Washington, 10-5, in points off turnovers, 19-2 in second-chance points and 9-0 in bench points.

The Huskies entered the game with the Pac-12's top offense at over 80 points a game, and with Kelsey Plum leading the conference in scoring, averaging more than 25 points a game.

Stanford scored the first nine points of the second half to open its largest lead of the night at 31-24. Orrange hit a jumper at the 16:32 mark for the seven-point advantage.

Less than seven minutes later, Plum's jumper gave the Huskies their biggest lead of the game at 46-39, with 9:46 remaining to play.

Thompson's jumper with 3:39 remaining gave Stanford the lead for good at 51-50. Johnson made one of two free throws and Bonnie Samuelson hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead.

Washington rallied to within 57-55 heading into the final minute. Thompson's 3-pointer made it 60-55 with 27 seconds left.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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