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McCall records double-double in Stanford's win over Ducks

 

Erica McCall matched her career-high with 25 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the 13th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team beat visiting Oregon, 69-42, in the Pac-12 regular-season finale Sunday in front of a Senior Day crowd of 4,082.

Briana Roberson added 10 points and Kaylee Johnson had seven rebounds as the Cardinal (24-6, 14-4 Pac-12) won its fourth straight heading into the conference tournament, which begins Thursday in Seattle.


Bri Roberson
Stanford earned the No. 4 seed for the tournament, which became official when host UCLA knocked off Arizona State. The Sun Devils fell back into a tie for first with Oregon State and the Beavers have the tiebreaker, meaning they will be the top seed.

Stanford, which beat Oregon State on Friday night, earned one of the four first-round byes and will play the winner between Washington and Colorado in Friday's quarterfinal round. Oregon and Arizona will meet in another first-round game, with that winner meeting UCLA.

The Cardinal and Bruins officially tied for third in the Pac-12, but UCLA beat Stanford in Westwood earlier in the year in their only scheduled game. The Bruins also own wins over ASU and the Beavers.

Stanford beat the Huskies, 69-52, in their only meeting of the regular season five days after losing by 20 to the Bruins.

"Both Colorado and Washington are good teams but I want to focus on our team," Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. "I think we're built for the tournament. The Oregon State game was the best game of the year and we're improving."

Stanford played both games without starting guard Lili Thompson, the team's second-highest scorer behind McCall. Thompson attended memorial services for her grandfather, who passed away less than a week ago. Her grandfather was a legendary high school basketball coach in Michigan.

Thompson is expected to rejoin the team in time for practice on Tuesday.

Seniors Kiran Lakhian, Tess Picknell and the oft-injured Alex Green were honored after the game. The trio are part of a team that accumulated a record of 116-23 during their time and reached one Final Four.

They combined for 130 points and 164 rebounds in their careers. Lakhian, a walk-on, only played her freshman and senior years.

The Cardinal scored the first 15 points of the contest and it never really got much better for the Ducks, who were without senior Jillian Alleyne (19 points, 13.6 rebounds).

"We talked about not taking this game lightly," McCall said. "We needed a boost going into the tournament and we started the game with a lot of energy."

McCall was 12 of 18 from the field, including a 3-pointer. She also blocked three shots and recorded four steals.

Stanford took its largest lead at 69-40 when Green hit a lay up with 1:17 remaining to play.

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