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Cardinal women set futility record in loss to the Sun Devils

 

The Stanford women's basketball team set a record it would rather forget as the ninth-ranked Cardinal dropped a 49-31 decision to host No. 14 Arizona State in a Pac-12 Conference game Monday night. It was the fewest points Stanford has ever scored in a single game.

Missouri beat the Cardinal, 72-32, on Jan. 2, 1984, which established the previous low. That was before current head coach Tara VanDerveer arrived on campus.

Lili Thompson scored seven points and Karlie Samuelson added five to lead the Cardinal (1-1 Pac-12, 11-3 overall), which had a five-game winning snapped. No one else scored more than four points.

The Cardinal suffered through an awful night shooting, hitting just 11 of 43 shots.

"We have a lot of work to do on our offense," said VanDerveer. "We struggled knocking down shots that we've been making all year. Credit their defense. Arizona State played very well. They're very aggressive and we just were not aggressive enough."

Stanford looks to rebound when Utah comes to town for a 7 p.m. conference affair on Friday night. Colorado visits Sunday at noon.

The 31 points were the fewest, by 21, scored against the Sun Devils in their all-time series and the 80 combined points were the fewest, by 15, in the series.

The Cardinal lost at Arizona State, 53-52, last year and beat the Sun Devils, 52-43, in the 2012 conference tournament.

Arizona State has won three of the past four meetings, its best streak since five of six between Feb. 18, 1983 and Jan. 31, 1986.

Arizona State eventually took a 39-19 lead with just under two minutes to go in the third quarter as the Cardinal, which never got into an offensive rhythm, could not shake the Sun Devil defense nor figure out how to keep them off the boards.

Stanford made two of its first three shots and then missed eight straight as the Sun Devils opened a 14-4 advantage over the first 8:26 of the contest. Samuelson hit a 3-pointer to snap the cold spell and make it 14-7 after one period.

It was more of the same to open the second quarter, with the Cardinal missing another five in a row and turning the ball over four times. Only Thompson's two free throws kept it from being a scoreless quarter as Arizona State opened a 26-9 edge with 1:20 to go.

Kaylee Johnson scored the final four points of the half as the Cardinal climbed to within 26-13 by halftime.

The Sun Devils dominated play in the first half and could have been even further ahead if not for some timely Stanford defense.

The Cardinal shot 23.8 percent in the half but limited Arizona State to 37 percent. The Sun Devils outrebounded Stanford, 21-13, including a 9-4 edge on the offensive boards.

The Cardinal entered Monday's game as the national leader in field goal defense at 29.9 percent shooting for opponents. ASU shot 31 percent.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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