Stanford women stunned in basketball by host Tennessee


The No. 10 Stanford women's basketball team led by as many as 11 points before dropping a 59-51 decision to host Tennessee on Sunday, ending a six-game winning streak.

The Cardinal (8-2) took an early 15-4 lead by making seven of its first eight shots on mainly slashing drives to the hoop.

Connor Schram
Stanford forced seven first-quarter turnovers, but Tennessee (6-4) closed the period on a 7-2 spurt and the Cardinal led 17-11 after one.

The Lady Vols got back into the game with their defense and Stanford struggled to score after a fast start, shooting 27.8 percent (15-of-54) the rest of the way.

Stanford was 4-of-20 on 3-pointers and, after scoring 15 points in the game's first five minutes, scored 36 in the final 35.

"We got them down, and we didn't keep them down," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "I thought the No. 1 thing for me, looking at the game, was we didn't pass the ball. We held the ball. We didn't move the ball. We only had six assists. ... We just need to play better team basketball."

Tennessee went on an 11-0 run in the second quarter to pull ahead 29-25 before Stanford rallied to tie it at 29 by halftime.

Karlie Samuelson hit a 3-pointer coming out of the break to put Stanford up 32-29 before Tennessee answered with six straight. Samuelson's triple would be the Cardinal's only field goal for more than five minutes.

Nadia Fingall sank a baseline jumper with 2:47 left in the third quarter to give Stanford its last lead, 38-37.

Tennessee scored the final eight points of the period and led by as many as 12 midway through the fourth.

Erica McCall and Samuelson each scored 13 points to pace Stanford while Brittany McPhee added 11. McCall is three points away from becoming the program's 37th 1,000-point scorer.

It was Stanford's fifth road loss to an unranked opponent in the nonconference portion of its schedule since 1999-00. The Cardinal fell to 2-13 all-time against the Lady Vols in Knoxville.

Stanford heads east and will play at George Washington on Wednesday at 4 p.m.


Stanford redshirt junior Connor Schram beat Wyoming's Drew Templeton, 3-1, in overtime to win the 133-pound weight division at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

Schram, who won the Pac-12 title in the 125-weight division last year, also needed a sudden victory, 3-1, over Oklahoma State's Mike Magaldo in the semifinals to advance.

Stanford's Requir Van der merwe, wrestling unattached at 141, lost his semifinal match to Wyoming's Bryce Meredith, 2-0.

Stanford's 197-pounder Cody Mally, also wrestling unattached, reached the quarterfinal round before losing.

Cardinal Peter Galli also reached the quarterfinals at the 165 level, as did 149-pounder Walker Dempsey and 141-pounder Brandon Kier.

Men's basketball

Stanford will make an appearance on ESPN's Big Monday as the Cardinal heads to Dallas to face SMU at 6 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Stanford (7-3) is coming off a 24-point win over Cal State East Bay in its first game after the 12-day break for finals. SMU (8-3) has won four straight.

The game completes a 25,000-mile journey from campus and back for Stanford over its first 11 games.

The season opened in Shanghai, China and then journeyed through Orlando, Florida; Lawrence, Kansas; and Dallas. The four trips will total 56 hours in an airplane for the Cardinal.

After missing the final 22 games last season, Reid Travis has made a strong impact in his return this year.

He has posted five of his six career double-doubles in the first 10 games of this season. His team-leading 18.3 ppg ranks second in the Pac-12, and his team-best 9.8 rpg ranks third in the conference. He ranks 38th nationally in rebounding.

Men's soccer

Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Epstein and defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce were both named to TopDrawerSoccer Division I Best XI first team it was announced Sunday.

Foster Langsdorf made third team recognition and Jared Gilbey was added to the Frehman Best XI first team.

— Stanford Athletics

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