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Stanford women rebound to beat Cougars in Pac-12 hoops.

 
Alanna Smith scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Stanford's win over Washington State. Photo by Bob Drebin/isiphotos.com.

Alanna Smith scored 20 points, one of four to reach double figures and the Stanford women's basketball team downed visiting Washington State, 70-57, Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference affair.

Kiana Williams added 15 points for the Cardinal (10-7, 4-1), which hosts Washington at 3 p.m. Sunday. Brittany McPhee scored 12 points and dished five assists.


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Kaylee Johnson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds as Stanford remains undefeated against the Cougars in 63 meetings.

"We were all disappointed with our last game, so we were excited to get back on the court," Johnson said. "We wanted to take advantage of it and come out with some energy. That was our main focus."

Following results from Friday night, the Cardinal finds itself in a second-place with Arizona State, which fell to Oregon State. Oregon (16-2, 5-0) is alone at the top of the standings. Four others are packed together in fourth place in what promises to be an intriguing race.

Smith scored four in a 10-0 run to open the game and Stanford never looked back. The Cardinal led 22-7 after one quarter and 45-17 at halftime.

"I thought our first half was great," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "The second half we're going to have to talk about."

Stanford made 10 of its first 14 shots in a dominant opening period that ended with eight straight Cardinal points.

The Cardinal outrebounded WSU 18-3 in the first and ended up a season high plus-22 for the game, which included 19 offensive rebounds, with Smith and Johnson responsible for 11 of them.

Smith had nine rebounds and DiJonai Carrington, who had a frustrating offensive night and drew a technical foul, added seven boards.

Stanford outscored the Cougars, 16-2, over the final 7:23 of the first half. Smith and Williams each had 12 in the first half.

"In my mind Kiana is not a freshman," VanDerveer said. "She's our starting two and back-up one. She's someone who is learning every game and wants to be a great player."

Stanford's 13 3-point attempts were a season low with the Cardinal instead doing most of its damage in the paint.

It outscored WSU 46-26 on the block, its highest total since last Dec. 28 against Yale (58) and the program's most in a conference game in four seasons. Stanford had 49 points in the paint in an 80-56 win over No. 14 Arizona State on Jan. 20, 2014.

Johnson's double-double was the 10th of her career and first since last March in a 71-56 Pac-12 Tournament win over Oregon.

Williams, the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, reached double figures for the eighth time in her last 10 games. The 20-point outing for Smith was the sixth of her career and third this season.

In related news, Stanford signee Jenna Brown is one of 25 players that has made the midseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy Girls High School Player of the Year award.

Brown is a five-star talent, the No. 20 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 and part of Stanford's ninth-ranked recruiting class along with twins Lacie and Lexie Hull out of Spokane, Wash.

All three are McDonald's All America nominees and Brown is also on the All-USA Preseason Girls Basketball Team selected by USA TODAY.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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