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The focus turns to Sun Devils after win over the Wildcats

 

It was just the kind of game No. 13 Stanford needed on the eve of its biggest game of the season to date.

Just about everybody who played -- and everybody did play -- shot at their season average or better, including all five starters and four others in the rotation.


Alexa Romano
The result was an overwhelming victory over visiting Arizona, 82-58, in Pac-12 Conference women's basketball play Friday night.

The Cardinal (20-5, 10-3 Pac-12) turns its complete attention to No. 9 Arizona State, which visits Maples Pavilion for a 6 p.m. tip-off Sunday. The Sun Devils, co-leaders with Oregon State in the Pac-12, limited Stanford to a program low 31 points in their first meeting.

"We needed this kind of game and, hopefully, it will pay off for us on Sunday," Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. "A lot of what Arizona does, Arizona State does better, so it was good practice for us to get picked up full court, them being aggressive defensively. It was good for us to play against it and experience success."

Erica McCall led Stanford with 12 points, followed by Lili Thompson with 11 and Kaylee Johnson, who made all five of her attempts, with 10.

"As soon as this game was over with, we start thinking about the next one, Johnson said. "We have a quick turnaround and have to focus on ASU. We know they're a good team. We know they're aggressive. We know we'll have to come out and battle and I think we're all ready for that."

The Cardinal was 30-of-58 from the field for a season-high 51.7 shooting percentage. That's with 14 players participating, and 13 attempting at least one shot.

"I really liked how we got out of the gate and got our offense going," VanDerveer said. "I thought Bri Roberson pushed the ball, Marta (Sniezek) came in and pushed the ball. We were knocking down shots and playing the way we want to play. And then it was fun to have everyone on our team get some playing time, so we could rest some people to get ready for Sunday."

The Cardinal never trailed, led by 20 at halftime and went up by as many as 34 midway through the fourth. Eight points apiece from McCall and Karlie Samuelson and seven courtesy of Brittany McPhee spurred Stanford in the first half, while Thompson and reserves Alanna Smith and Alexa Romano helped keep the team well in control over the final two quarters.

Smith put in seven points, blocked a career-high four shots and made several hustle plays as the Cardinal pulled away in the third and Romano poured in a career-high seven off the bench in the fourth.

All but two Stanford players scored and the Cardinal put up 80 points for the first time in Pac-12 play.

McPhee topped Stanford with a season-high seven boards and Samuelson stuffed her line with eight points, four rebounds and four assists. Sniezek led all players with five assists.

Stanford's 13 steals, nine in the first half, was also a season-high. Sniezek topped the team with three thefts and Johnson, McPhee and McCall each had two.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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