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Johnson's glass work helps Stanford women beat the Huskies

 

Kaylee Johnson posted her fifth double-double with 11 points and 17 rebounds, one of five players in double-figure scoring and No. 12 Stanford won its fourth straight, beating visiting Washington, 82-69, in a Pac-12 Conference women's basketball contest Monday night.

Bonnie Samuelson led all scorers with 17 points, which included a 9-of-9 effort from the foul line. Briana Roberson added 15 points -- 6 of 7 free throws -- while Amber Orrange had 14 and Karlie Samuelson 10.

Bonnie Samuelson made a pair of 3-pointers and has 200 for her career, the seventh Stanford player to reach the milestone. She needs two 3-pointers to jump ahead of Nicole Powell for sixth all-time in school history. Powell is in her first year as an assistant coach with Oregon.

Johnson, meanwhile, continues to establish herself as one of the best freshmen in school history and in the country.

She moved ahead of Texas Arlington's 6-5 center Rebekah Van Dijk (10.3) as the top freshman rebounder in the country with an average of 10.45 per game. The Mavericks, who compete in the Sun Belt Conference, play again on Saturday.

Johnson's season total of 230 rebounds ranks her eighth all-time among Cardinal freshmen. She needs two to surpass Nnemkadi Ogwumike for seventh, and eight to match Val Whiting for sixth.

Johnson also blocked four shots against the Huskies and has 30 for the season, the most by a Stanford freshman since Jayne Appel set the school record with 61, eight years ago. Johnson currently ranks fourth all-time, with one more blocked shot than Chiney Ogwumike.

Stanford (9-1 in the Pac-12, 17-5 overall) heads to Tempe for a rematch with No. 10 Arizona State at 7 p.m. Friday. The Sun Devils handed the Cardinal its only conference loss, 60-57, on Jan. 19.

The game at Arizona State may very well hold the key to whether Stanford can extend its 14-year hold on the Pac-12 regular season title. The Cardinal plays conference unbeaten Oregon State once this season -- in Corvallis.

Stanford and the Sun Devils enter this weekend tied for second, a game behind the Beavers and a game ahead of California. Washington remained in fifth as UCLA fell to Oregon State.

The Cardinal got off to a rare slow start in the second half, missing five straight and giving Washington the opportunity to significantly cut into Stanford's advantage.

The Huskies whittled away at the lead and drew within six, 58-52, midway through the second half.

Stanford responded with a 14-2 run over the next four minutes to push its edge to 18, 72-54, with 5:15 remaining to play in the contest. Lili Thompson and Samuelson combined to score 10 of those points.

Stanford missed its first three shots and turned the ball over once, allowing the Huskies to take a lead at the beginning of the game.

Unlike Saturday's game against Washington State, when the Cougars led at halftime, the Cardinal moved quickly and decisively to reestablish itself against Washington.

Roberson hit a 3-pointer, Orrange hit a jumper and Bonnie Samuelson scored five straight points on a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer. Stanford never trailed again, although there were some anxious moments.

Taylor Greenfield hit a 3-pointer with 1:56 left in the first half, giving the Cardinal a 45-24 edge. The Huskies scored the final five points of the half to draw within 45-29 at halftime.

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