A poor shooting effort sinks Stanford women in Pac-12 hoops


Scoring never used to be a problem for the 12th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team. That's all pre-2016 now.

UCLA emphatically trounced the Cardinal, 56-36, Sunday in a Pac-12 Conference contest, showing what a little bit of pressure can do.

Erica McCall
The Bruins ended a 22-game losing streak to Stanford, winning in the series for the first time since a 69-56 decision at UCLA on Jan. 4, 2008.

Erica McCall led Stanford with nine points and 11 rebounds. Alanna Smith, who fouled out with 6:32 remaining to play, was next with seven points.

Stanford (15-5, 5-3 Pac-12) was held to 36 points or lower for the second time this year, scoring a program-low 31 in a loss at Arizona State on Jan. 4.

Last year's team averaged 69.3 points a game, its lowest in 29 years. Stanford is on track to average significantly lower this season. The Cardinal currently averages 66.8, which would be the worst since the 1985-86 team averaged 66.6.

The Cardinal opened the season averaging 74.6 points in 12 nonconference games. Once the calendar flipped to the new year, Stanford has broken the 70-point barrier twice, scoring 72 against Utah and 71 against Colorado.

Things should improve the rest of the way. The Cardinal play seven of its final 10 regular-season games at home, with road games to California, Utah and Colorado.

Washington (6-2 in the Pac-12) visits Maples Pavilion on Friday for an 8 p.m. tip-off and Washington State comes in for a Sunday noon matinee.

Stanford fell into fifth place in conference play, a gamer behind the Huskies and Bruins, two games back of Oregon State and three games behind the Pac-12 leading Sun Devils.

The Cardinal missed its first two shots and turned it over twice to open the third quarter before Karlie Samuelson hit a 3-pointer that seemed to settle the team down.

Shooting woes and hanging onto the ball continued to plague Stanford. The Cardinal went 5-of-22 from the field in the first half, scoring just four points on 1-of-8 shooting in the second quarter.

Everything that could go wrong seemed to go wrong for Stanford in a futile second quarter. The Cardinal turned the ball over three times even before attempting a shot and then missed its first seven before McCall hit a jumper in the final minute of the half.

Stanford committed eight of its 13 first-half turnovers in the second quarter, giving the Bruins as many chances to score than the Cardinal gave itself.

It was only slightly better in the second half. Stanford only coughed up the ball four times but still horribly, hitting 20.4 percent (10-for-49) for the contest.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by les chang
a resident of another community
on Jan 24, 2016 at 9:40 pm

I am a Stanford alum and a fan of our women basketball games. But, am extremely disappointed with our team's recent showings. Shoddy shootings, forever passing and holding on the ball, lousy new comers, coaching lacking [portion removed], time to go. Does #13 ever shoot? She just passes the ball around and doesn't do a good job at that. Time to revamp the coaching staff and recruiting.

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Posted by Stanford DDDD
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