Late heroics give Cardinal women a comeback win


Lili Thompson scored nine of her 16 points in the final six minutes of play to lead No. 11 Stanford past host Oregon, 64-62, in Pac-12 Conference women's basketball action Friday night.

The Cardinal (14-3 overall, 4-1 in the Pac-12) led for the first 1:55 of the contest and then not again until the final three seconds, when Thompson hit the go-ahead layup. The winning play was set up by a Kailee Johnson blocked shot.

Kailee Johnson
Johnson, an Oregon native, produced a huge game in terms of defense, blocking two shots and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. She also scored a season-high eight points.

The extra effort was needed. Junior team captain Erica McCall, who has 10 double-doubles, was unavailable for the game. Her status for Sunday's 6 p.m. game at No. 12 Oregon State is not known.

Karlie Samuelson led Stanford, playing in just its second game decided by three point or fewer, with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including a 4-of-5 effort from long range. Thompson and Kaylee Johnson each added 16 points. Kaylee added a career-high tying five blocked shots and six rebounds. Thompson grabbed seven boards.

"We made some big defensive plays, whether it was blocking a shot or making a steal," Thompson said. "Nothing that shows up on the stat sheet, like rotating correctly or making them shoot a tough shot."

Oregon looked like the better team most of the way, leading from early on to the final moments. The Ducks shot 57.1 percent from 3-point range, hitting 12 of 21 from beyond the arc. They were unable to keep pace inside the arc, going 8-of-29 from short range.

Oregon held onto the lead, which peaked at nine midway through the third quarter, for nearly 95 percent of the contest.

The Cardinal, winners of three straight and eight of nine overall, limited the Ducks to 29.6 percent shooting in the second half.

It was the first time in three games that Stanford won on the road after trailing at the half.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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