There's something about UCLA that brings the best out of Bonnie Samuelson. The senior hit a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 24 points in leading the 19th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team past the visiting Bruins, 68-50, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Sunday.
Karlie Samuelson added 14 points and Lili Thompson had 12 for the Cardinal (11-3 Pac-12, 19-7 overall), which beat UCLA for the 20th time in a row.
"There was something in the Samuelson water tonight," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Bonnie and Karlie really came out to play."
Stanford moved into a three-way tie for second-place, with Arizona State and California, thanks to USC's upset of the Bears. The trio is two games behind Pac-12 leader Oregon State with four to play.
The Cardinal plays at California on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and hosts the Bears next Sunday at 1 p.m. Stanford follows that with its final two games of the regular season, at Oregon State and Oregon.
California's schedule is the same as Stanford's, except the Bears play at Oregon before heading to Corvallis to finish the regular season.
The Bay Area rivals have the opportunity to eliminate the other from title contention. They could also help each other at least tie for a regular-season title.
Stanford had trouble early against the Bruins, trailing 14-7 before Bonnie Samuelson hit her first 3-pointer and sparking the Cardinal.
Samuelson has 215 career 3-pointers, moving her into third place on Stanford's all-time list behind only Candice Wiggins' 295 and Jeanette Pohlen's 268.
Samuelson scored 21 points in Stanford's win at UCLA earlier in the season. She is 12 of 22 from long range against the Bruins this year. She's shooting 45 percent from 3-point range.
It was also the third time this season the Samuelson twins have each reached double figures in scoring in the same game, and the second time in five games.
Stefan Nastic scored 24 points but Stanford dropped a 64-58 Pac-12 decision to host Colorado on Sunday.
The Cardinal (7-6 Pac-12, 16-9 overall) hosts California at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Stanford is tied for fifth place in the conference with Oregon State.
Playing short-handed for the second straight game with starter Rosco Allen out with a back injury, Stanford was unable to move ahead in the second half after tying it at 47-47.
Chasson Randle added 14 points while Anthony Brown grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds for the Cardinal.
Stanford pulled to 61-58 on Randle's pair of free throws with 21.4 seconds left, and Randle stole Xavier Johnson's inbounds pass but was called for an offensive foul when he bowled over Johnson as he raced for the hoop.