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McPhee a big hit in Stanford's win over the No. 8 Longhorns

 

Stanford junior Brittany McPhee, in her aw-shucks way of deflecting compliments, praised the scout team in helping her prepare for Texas and the type of pressure it brings defensively.

“I feel like our practice players really helped us prepare for what kind of defense they had,” McPhee said after scoring a career-high 28 points in the Cardinal's 71-59 nonconference women's basketball over the eighth-ranked Longhorns Monday night. “I was used to the type of pressure they put on.”


Kaylee Johnson
McPhee, who was 11 of 15 from the floor, still had to convert her chances and had a big say in the game's outcome.

“Brit had a spectacular game, offensively and defensively,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.

Erica McCall added 17 points and six blocked shots, one off her career best, and Kaylee Johnson grabbed eight rebounds as No. 11 Stanford ended a two-game slide to Texas.

“I love blocked shots, so I was excited about having some of those,” McCall said. “I wish I had more rebounds. We played a good game but I think we can play a lot better.”

McPhee, who added seven rebounds, helped Stanford shot nearly 55 percent as a team. How did she find the zone so quickly?

“I think the early back doors, the easy layups off passes from Kaylee and Bird,” McPhee said. “That got me in a rhythm.”

McPhee will have to learn to take a little bit of credit for her effort. She may not score 28 points every night, though she always seems to do something to help the Cardinal win.

“What I love about Brit is she's a worker. She's in that gym,she's competitive. She wants to get better,” VanDerveer said. “It wasn't just scoring. Her passing, her defense ... your asking your top scorer to be your top defender. Tonight was Brit's night.”

The Longhorns held a 38-32 rebounding edge, including 20 offensive rebounds.

“We can rebound better, we can pass better,” VanDerveer said. “We want to build off this. You get better by playing good teams.”

Stanford hosts Gonzaga in another nonconference affair at 7 p.m. Friday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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