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Guard play leads to Stanford hoops win at California

 

Kiana Williams and Haley Jones each scored 21 points to help the fifth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team beat host California 79-65 in a Pac-12 Conference contest Sunday.

Ashten Prechtel added 11 points for the Cardinal (15-1, 4-0), which heads to Eugene for a showdown with No. 2 Oregon (13-2, 3-1) at 6 p.m. Thursday. Stanford also meets No. 3 Oregon State (15-1, 3-1) in Corvallis on Sunday. The Ducks came back to beat Arizona after losing to Arizona State while the Beavers fell to the Sun Devils on Sunday.


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UCLA (16-0, 5-0) and Stanford are the lone unbeaten teams in conference play after the dust cleared from the weekend's action. The Sun Devils (13-4, 3-2) moved into fifth place in what promises to be a wild season.

Stanford never trailed against the Bears, though Cal kept it interesting most of the way. Lexie Hull's layup midway through the first quarter gave the Cardinal a 12-3 edge. Hull scored 15 points and had a team-high seven rebounds.

California closed the gap to 31-28 with 2:37 remaining in the second quarter but Jones hit a 3-pointer about a minute later. That was as close as the Bears came the rest of the way.

Jones became the first Stanford freshman to record double figures in scoring over the first four conference games since Nicole Powell did it in nine straight to begin 2001.

The Cardinal led by as many as 24 points (75-51) with 5:16 remaining to play but Cal, similar to Friday night's contest, went on a 14-4 run the rest of the way. Gunn grad Archer Olson, a walk-on at Cal, entered the game late.

Williams had one of her best games, shooting nearly 56% from the field, adding six rebounds and recording a team-best five assists. Jones was 9-of-15 from the field and is shooting 54.1% on the season. Hull continues to lead the team in scoring (12.9) but Williams (12.7) and Jones (11.8) are right behind.

The Cardinal has lost two of the past three games against the Ducks, once by 20 and then by 40 at Maples Pavilion. Stanford beat Oregon in the conference tournament.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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