Pinewood alum Hannah Jump and Mitty grad Haley Jones were on opposite sides of the court for two of the past three NorCal Open Division basketball championship games, each winning a NorCal title.
Put them on the same side and you get a double dose of ‘H.J.’ power. They were in fine form Friday as the third-ranked Stanford women’s basketball team moved into the championship game of the Greater Victoria Invitational in B.C., Canada with a 77-59 victory over Syracuse.
Stanford (7-0) plays No. 10 Mississippi State in Saturday night’s 7:30 p.m. championship. Mississippi State (8-0) beat Green Bay 83-58 on Friday.
Jump and Jones, both freshmen, combined for 43 points on 55.7% percent shooting from the field, including a 9 of 15 (60%) effort from 3-point range.
Syracuse was 7 of 28 (25%) from 3-point range, slightly better than the 24.6% it shot overall.
Jump hit eight of 13 long-range shots, 4 of 7 in the first half and 4 of 6 in the second half, for all her points. Her success was in contrast to Stanford’s 4 of 23 effort in Thursday’s 83-78 win over California Baptist.
Nadia Fingall, who finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds, got the party started with an early basket. Syracuse took a 7-5 edge with 4:13 remaining in the first quarter and then Jump hit her first 3-pointer with 2:42 left to put Stanford ahead for good. Jones followed with a short jumper.
During the final three minutes of the second quarter, there was a sequence started by a Jump 3-pointer, then a steal by Jump that led to a fast break layup by Jones, followed by another Jump 3-pointer and ended with a Jones 3-pointer off an assist from Jump that gave Stanford a 35-18 advantage at halftime.
The run continued into the third quarter, as Stanford scored the first seven points for an 18-0 run. Jump hit a 3-pointer during the run.
Syracuse ultimately pared the lead to eight points near the end of the third quarter, the closest it came the rest of the way.