Long-range shooters help Stanford women down Lady Bears


Lili Thompson scored 26 points, Briana Roberson added 18 and the 13th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team opened the Gulf Coast Showcase with an 82-65 victory over Missouri State on Friday in Estero, Fla.

Karlie Samuelson scored 15 points and the Cardinal (4-1) made 15 3-pointers in the bounce-back win.

Lili Thompson
Stanford (4-1) meets Dayton (4-0) Saturday at 2 p.m. PT. The Flyers topped Maine, 58-37, to advance.

Stanford went on a 20-3 run over the first 6:04 of the second quarter to take a 42-19 advantage, with Samuelson sparking the run on a 3-pointer. Roberson ended it with a 3-pointer.

Missouri State (2-3) pulled to within 13 at 70-57 early in the fourth but the Lady Bears went nearly six minutes without scoring and missed 11 straight shots while the Cardinal extended its lead back to 22 at 79-57 when Samuelson drained her fifth 3-pointer of the game with just over three minutes to play.

Stanford went 15-of-33 from behind the arc, converting at a 46.2 percent clip. It's only the second time in the past decade the Cardinal has made that many 3-pointers in a game. Stanford also hit 15 at Arizona on Jan. 17, 2014. Before then, it was Jan. 20, 2005 the last time the team made 15.

Thompson was10-of-21 from the field, contributed six assists against just one turnover and grabbed three rebounds. She has scored more than 20 in each of her last four games and is averaging 19.8 points per game this season. It was her ninth career 20-point effort and eighth in the month of November. Thompson is the first Cardinal guard to score 20 in four straight games since Candice Wiggins in 2008.

Roberson's four 3-pointers were a career high and her 18 points were just shy of her personal best of 21.

— Stanford Athletics

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