Orrange sparks second-half comeback for Stanford women


Amber Orrange scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half as the 18th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team rebounded from a 13-point deficit to beat host California, 59-47, achieving an important Pac-12 victory.

Lili Thompson added 18 points for the Cardinal (12-3 in the Pac-12, 20-7 overall), which took a half-game lead over idle Arizona State for second place.

Stanford has three games remaining, with the Bears coming to Maples Pavilion for a 1 p.m. game Sunday. The Cardinal ends its regular season with a trip to conference leader Oregon State next Thursday.

The Cardinal looked bewildered against Cal's defensive pressure through the first half, falling behind by 13 points.

Enter freshman Brittany McPhee, who finished with nine points and six rebounds and injected a shot of energy into an otherwise listless team.

"This game helped my confidence in her. That's a huge thing," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "We want more people coming in there and being aggressive. Now she's kind of like broken through."

Stanford outscored the Bears, 40-15, over the game's final 21 minutes, 52 seconds. McPhee entered the game two minutes earlier.

"Our second half was really special," VanDerveer said. "When they were limited to one shot, when they were limited to not getting their easy baskets in transition, that's discouraging."

California scored three points after Brittany Boyd hit a layup to give the Bears a 44-39 advantage. The Bears missed their final 13 shots and last 16 of 17 overall.

"We like to get out in transition and they didn't get to get into their press," Thompson said.

Stanford went on 13-0 run, sparked by Bonnie Samuelson's only 3-pointer of the contest. The Cardinal outrebounded Cal, 19-12, including five offensive boards, down the stretch.

McPhee helped Stanford's bench outscore the Bears' bench, 11-0. Stanford committed 18 turnovers to Cal's 10, yet the Bears could only gain a three-point advantage in points off turnovers. Stanford had a 13-9 edge in second-chance points.

Briana Roberson hit a layup with 13:30 to play in the first period to highlight an 11-0 run and put Stanford ahead, 11-2.

The Bears roared back and opened a 32-19 edge 11 minutes later.

McPhee scored Stanford's last six points to bring the Cardinal within 32-23 at halftime.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Sir Bobbie
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on Feb 19, 2015 at 11:15 am

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There were 40 points scored between Stanford's top 3 guards alone so I wouldn't call that a listless performance.

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