Briana Roberson earned her first start of the season and second of her career. She played like she wanted to stay in the lineup, scoring a career-high 21 points as the 11th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team rallied from another slow start to beat host UCLA, 79-70, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Friday night.
Bonnie Samuelson added 21 points and Amber Orrange had 20 as the Cardinal (6-1 Pac-12, 14-5 overall) responded from Monday's loss to Arizona State with its eighth win in nine games.
Briana Roberson scored a career-high 21 points. Photo by John Todd/isiphotos.com
"The team did a really good job of finding each other," Roberson said. "We did a good job just breaking down the defense."
Stanford, which stayed within a game of conference co-leaders Sun Devils and Oregon State, plays at USC in a Pac-12 game Sunday at 5 p.m., to be aired on the Pac-12 Networks.
Stanford opened the second half with an 11-2 run and never trailed again. Karlie Samuelson hit a 3-pointer to give the Cardinal its largest lead of the night at 58-45 with 14:03 left to play.
Roberson, a sophomore guard, had never scored more than 12 points in a game before Friday's offensive explosion. She always brings energy to the court and it was in abundance against the Bruins.
"We did a really good job starting the second half running the floor and Amber did a good job reading the screens," Bonnie Samuelson said. "Bri and Amber were really pushing the ball. We were able to get some buckets in transition. We came together after halftime and said we're going to board really hard and run."
UCLA had a 35-25 lead at one point in the first half and Roberson had only scored three of her points. She scored five of Stanford's next seven points that sparked a run that brought the Cardinal within a point, on a Roberson jumper, before UCLA took a 40-37 lead at halftime.