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Cardinal women Bri-zee to season-opening hoops victory

 

Bri Roberson scored 16 points, one of five Stanford players in double figures, and the 11th-ranked Cardinal opened its women's basketball season with a definitive, 83-55, victory over visiting Cal Poly in a nonconference game Friday night.

Erica McCall added 14 points as Stanford won its 16th straight season-opener and its 18th straight at home. Kaylee Johnson added 10 points and matched Alanna Smith with eight rebounds. Brittany McPhee and Karlie Samuelson each netted 10 points.


Bri Roberson
The Cardinal, which was among the national leaders in field goal percentage defense last year, turned it up against the Mustangs, limiting them to less than 30 percent from the floor.

“It was a great first game for us,” Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. “Five in double figures, I love it.”

Roberson was 6-of-7 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from 3-point land. Karlie Samuelson and Mikaela Brewer each hit a pair of long-range shots as Stanford made a combined 8-of-19.

“Bri had a great game,” VanDerveer said. “Her defense was fabulous. It turned things around for us.”

Palo Alto resident Amanda Lovely, a transfer from Pepperdine, started at a forward spot for Cal Poly, grabbing five rebounds and scoring five points. She also managed a pair of assists and steals.

Mustangs' center Devin Stanback, currently sitting out the year after transferring in from Pepperdine, is the older sister of Stanford freshman Trevor Stanback on the men's team.

Stanford hosts No. 8 Texas, which will be playing its season opener, on Monday at 5 p.m., a game that will be televised on ESPN2.

“This was a good start,” VanDerveer said. “We're going to have to play better on Monday. Texas is a different level team. They're bigger, more athletic and they rebound the heck out of it.”

The Longhorns reached the Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion Connecticut last year. Stanford lost to Washington in the same round after knocking off Notre Dame.

“It's definitely a challenge but we're confident in ourselves,” Roberson said. “It should be a great game.”

Sophomore point guard Marta Sniezek accumulated 10 of Stanford's 21 assists and McCall blocked three of the team's eight blocked shots. Freshman Nadia Fingall, who was 3-of-4 from the floor in nine minutes, had a pair of blocked shots and two rebounds.

“I think we really did a good job of finding each other,” Roberson said. “Marta has shown tremendous potential and right now there's good team chemistry.”

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