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Stanford men drop hoops finale, look toward tournament

 

Rosco Allen scored 16 points as a starter and Marcus Allen added 16 points off the bench. All that amounted to was Gabe York's career-high 32 points and host No. 18 Arizona put its foot down, crushing Stanford, 94-62, Saturday in the Pac-12 Conference regular-season finale.

The Cardinal (15-14, 8-10 in the Pac-12) finished ninth and will likely meet Washington, one of three teams that tied for sixth.


Ivana Vanjak/Photo by Shirley Pefley/isiphotos.com
According to unofficial tie-breaking procedures, Oregon State wins the three-way tie-breaker with a better winning percentage among the teams involved. USC wins the tie-breaker from the Huskies by virtue of its overtime victory over Arizona.

"Anything can happen in the tournament," said Cardinal sophomore Dorian Pickens, who was reinserted into the starting lineup and contributed eight points. "There are a lot of great teams and we all start 0-0 again. There will be a lot of hard-fought games."

Stanford will be the No. 9 seed in the Pac-12 tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Cardinal plays at noon Wednesday.

"This conference is so deep, it's going to be a heck of a tournament," Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said. "It's anyone's to win. That's a sign of a great conference."

Rosco Allen scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and his streak of 23 games with at least one 3-point field goal was snapped after missing all eight attempts. Marcus Allen collected 10 of his 16 points in the second half.

Michael Humphrey added 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Women's water polo

Freshman Kat Klass scored a career-high five goals and No. 3 Stanford led wire-to-wire in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener, beating No. 10 San Jose State, 17-3.

Stanford (13-2 overall) recorded its 40th straight in regular-season conference games.

Klass, who's five-goal outing is the most for a Cardinal player this season, scored at 3:00 and 1:58 in the first following Jamie Neushul's opening tally (5:13) to put Stanford up 3-0.

McYenna Yates got San Jose State on the board, but Dani Jackovich scored her first of three goals in a 6-on-5 situation with 21 seconds remaining in the opening frame to push the Cardinal advantage to 4-1.

Softball

Stanford's offense exploded for 26 runs over two games to propel the Cardinal to back-to-back run-rule victories against Coastal Carolina and Hawai'i Saturday afternoon at the Malihini Aloha Tournament.

The Cardinal (10-8) opened the day with a 12-4 victory against Coastal Carolina (8-10) and followed with a 14-6 win against Hawai'i (11-9). Both games went six innings.

Lauren Frost had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two home runs over two games – one being a grand slam and the other a two-run shot. Kylie Sorenson and Savannah Schulze both hit .500 on the day, while Whitney Burks, Kayla Bonstrom and Bessie Noll each contributed a homer apiece.

Beach volleyball

Stanford didn't let a few raindrops get in the way of a successful opening day Saturday, recording wins over Sacramento State, 5-0, and San Jose State, 3-2, at the Stanford Invitational.

"I'm proud of all of our players," Cardinal first-year coach Denise Corlett said. "It's a great way to start the season. Obviously, we want to contend for a national championship and these are the ones we have to win, whether or not it's in the rain or the wind."

Stanford found itself in a 2-1 hole against the Spartans, but a win by Merete Lutz and Halland McKenna at the number two spot kept hopes alive at 2-2.

In dramatic fashion, Ivana Vanjak and Payton Chang erased a 1-0 deficit to win the final game of the day at the number one position.

"We definitely felt a sense of urgency," said Vanjak. "I started a little slow in the first set, but Payton helped me out a lot and got me back in the groove of the game. We knew we had to come back and fight."

Added Chang: "We knew we had to win the third set just because we were down 2-1 going into our game, so we had to push ourselves and push for our whole team. We've been practicing for a long time now and we know that the other teams have to deal with the conditions as well."

With seven of 12 active players on the roster freshman, the Cardinal knew it would need contributions from its rookies, which it did.

"All of our freshmen did very well in their first beach match," said Corlett. "I think they learned a lot. The whole group came together as a team and you could see the excitement out there. Also credit to Karissa Cook and Sara Dukes-Johnson. They're doing a great job as the assistants in helping us be a strong beach team."

The Cardinal returns to action Sunday with matches against Pacific at 11:30 a.m. and Saint Mary's at 2:30 p.m.

Women's tennis

No. 20 Stanford came away with a split of its desert road swing, dropping a 4-3 decision to Arizona State on Saturday.

It was a rare win in the series for the Sun Devils (7-4, 1-1 Pac-12), who picked up just their second victory against the Cardinal in 56 all-time meetings.

Stanford (6-3, 1-1 Pac-12), which had its five-match winning streak snapped, lost the doubles point for only the second time this season to fall behind 1-0.

The Cardinal bounced back to take a 2-1 lead, thanks to victories from Melissa Lord (6-3, 6-2) at the No. 5 spot and Krista Hardebeck (6-4, 7-5) at the No. 3 position.

Desirae Krawczyk then beat Taylor Davidson, 7-6 (1), 6-3, at the top spot of the lineup, evening the match at 2-2.

After Arizona State moved in front 3-2, Caroline Lampl's 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory on court four made it 3-3.

The clincher came from the No. 6 spot, where Gussie O'Sullivan outlasted Kimberly Yee, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Yee was down, 5-1, in the third set and rallied before losing.

Stanford returns home next weekend, hosting USC on Friday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m. PT. The Cardinal will play its next seven matches on The Farm.

Baseball

Due to rain, Saturday's Stanford baseball game against No. 2 Vanderbilt at Sunken Diamond has been canceled and will not be made up.

There will be one game on Sunday. First pitch is set for noon and will be televised on Pac-12 Bay Area.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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