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Oregon women dominate the Cardinal in Pac-12 basketball

 
Alanna Smith blocked three shots to move into a second-place tie with Chiney Ogwumike on Stanford's all-time list with 203. Photo by Grant Shorin/Stanford Athletics.

Ah, Duck it.

About the only thing the 11th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team can do now is tip its collective hat to third-ranked Oregon and then lock its 88-48 Pac-12 Conference loss away in a vault where accidental exposure can be avoided.

Cardinal fans will do well to avert their gaze and instead draw on the realization that Stanford's entire roster got a game like that out of its system before the postseason.

"We've had a lot of great games in this building and this was one of our worst," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Oregon is an extremely talented team. They passed the ball very well. They shot the ball very well. I thought their defense was on point. They did everything they needed to do and they did it very well."

The Cardinal (19-4, 9-3) still has plenty ahead, beginning with a game at UCLA (15-9, 8-4) on Friday at 6 p.m. Friday is the first day of the rest of the Pac-12 schedule.

"Our team is resilient," VanDerveer said. "I hope they take it personally and we'll see coming out against UCLA and USC this weekend."

The Bruins scored 100 points in beating host Utah and are a game behind Stanford in the conference standings. Oregon State knocked off California and took back second place from the Cardinal.

The nation's best player Sabrina Ionescu scored 27 points, had nine rebounds and eight assists and helped the Ducks end 32 years of frustration in winning at Stanford for the first time since 1987. Oregon owns the longest current winning streak in the NCAA, expanding it to 16 games.

Alanna Smith blocked three shots and moved into a tie for second, with Chiney Ogwumike, on Stanford's all-time list with 203.

Ionescu scored 17 of her points in the first half and made 12 of 20 shots as the Ducks (23-1, 12-0) ended Stanford's 22-game home winning streak. It was a case of statistics telling the whole story in one of the worst defeats in VanDerveer's 33 seasons at Stanford.

"This is tournament time," VanDerveer said. "If you want to be in the conversation you have to learn from it. You have to bring it."

DiJonai Carrington led the Cardinal with 13 points, its only player in double figures. She also had a team-high five rebounds. Carrington was 4 of 8 from the floor and added a pair of assists.

Oregon made a ridiculous 75 percent of its 3-point attempts (12 of 16) and shot 57.1 percent overall. The Ducks out-rebounded Stanford by a 41-26 margin.

"Individually and collectively we have a lot of work to do," VanDerveer said.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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