A quartet of double-digit scorers lead Cardinal past Buffaloes


Brittany McPhee scored seven of her team-high 16 points during a three-minute stretch of the fourth quarter, Lili Thompson netted eight of her 15 points in the first quarter and the 15th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team did its part to maintain the status quo in the Pac-12 Conference, beating host Colorado, 80-49, Friday night.

Erica McCall and Kaylee Johnson also reached double figures in scoring for the Cardinal (21-6, 11-4 Pac-12), which improved to 9-0 when at least four players score in double figures.

Brittany McPhee
Stanford travels to play at Utah at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Utes knocked off California, 72-66, Friday.

"They have a few great players and rebounding will be huge," Johnson said of Utah. "They have (Emily) Potter in there, so boxing out will be key."

The Cardinal remained in fourth, a game behind UCLA and three games behind co-leaders Arizona State and Oregon State with three games left. At the least, Stanford remains in line for a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament.

The only shake up occurred when Washington took over sole possession of fifth place from Oregon, which lost to the Bruins, and Utah untangled itself from USC, which lost to the Beaver, for seventh.

McCall, McPhee and Johnson shared the team lead in rebounds, each with with seven. Johnson added four blocks and three steals.

The Cardinal, which shot 49 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the arc, held Colorado (6-20, 1-14 Pac-12) to 33 percent, including 20 percent in the third quarter, and just 2-of-15 from 3-point range.

Jamee Swan had a game-high 25 points and made all but one of her 10 attempts from the field, but her teammates combined to go just 10-of-47 (21.3 percent) and score 24.

Stanford led, 37-29, at halftime and used a 17-1 third-quarter run to take control of the game.

"We didn't want to let up," Johnson said. " We know this team is not the kind you want to let hang around. Their record doesn't show what kind of team they really are. We wanted to fix all the little things."

Ahead at 39-33 with 8:48 left in the third, the Cardinal started the spurt with a 3-pointer from Briana Roberson. Johnson followed with a jumper in the lane and Karlie Samuelson knocked down one of her two triples to extend it. Thompson put the finishing touches on the run with a pair of free throws.

The game was tied at 13 when Stanford took its first run,scoring 15 unanswered points over a 6-minute span. Six different Cardinal players etched their marks in the scorebook, with McCall hitting a jumper and two free throws to for the final points.

Stanford's lead was just eight at the break because Colorado scored 16 of its 29 first-half points off of 11 Cardinal turnovers. Only two of the Buffaloes' 20 second-half points came in the same fashion.

The Cardinal held its 21st opponent of the season under 40 percent from the floor and limited CU to just eight points in the third, the 27th time an opponent has scored single figures in a quarter. Stanford, seventh in the nation in blocks per game, tallied eight on Friday, its 11th game with at least seven this season.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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