Top 25 women's basketball roundup
No. 8 Stanford 97, Utah 64
If you play for Stanford, you get out and run or you sit down.
“We have a lot of good people who want to play. We’re going to run and if you don’t want to go all out, you can rest on the bench,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.
The Cardinal ignored the altitude and ran right past Utah Friday night.
Lexie Hull scored 24 and Kiana Williams added 19 to lift No. 8 Stanford to a win over the Utes.
“We played with a lot of energy and pace. Lexie and Kiana led the way with their scoring, but we had a lot of help from other players and we’ll need that going forward,” VanDerveer said.
Fighting to keep pace with UCLA and Oregon — who played later on Friday — at the top of the Pac-12 standings, the Cardinal (22-3, 11-2 Pac-12) ran off quick outlets on rebounds and 12 takeaways into a 25-2 advantage on fast break points.
“Our offensive strategy is built on playing with tempo. When you get out in transition, you don’t need to run too many offensive sets. You just get layups and open 3s,” Williams said.
Stanford scored the most points in a conference game since 2011 and tied their season high that came in a 97-71 win over San Francisco in November.
Ashten Prechtel scored 16 points on a variety of post moves as the Cardinal outscored Utah in the paint, 40-16.
Kemery Martin matched her career high with 15 points, Lola Pendande had 12, and Daneesha Provo tallied 11 for the Utes (12-12, 5-8 Pac-12).
“Stanford played exceptionally well tonight. It is hard to get anything going on our end when they shoot the ball like they did tonight,” Utah coach Lynne Roberts said.
The Cardinal used a late second-quarter burst to set their season-best for points in a quarter (32) and match their high watermark for a half at 55. In the final six minutes of the half, Stanford scored an astounding 28 points, including Prechtel's 3-pointer and Williams' steal and layup all within five seconds of the horn.
During the stretch, the Cardinal extended a six-point lead to a 55-33 halftime advantage on the strength of five layups and six 3-pointers. At one point, more than a couple of the Utes out their hands in the air and shook their heads as yet another ball went through the net.
“We were sprinting our lanes and running the floor. Increasing the pace really helped us to win tonight,” Hull said.
The Cardinal have won six of seven and claimed this one with 15-for-30 accuracy from beyond the arc and 54% shooting overall.
With four 3s, Williams passed Nicole Powell for eighth place on the school's 3-pointer list.
Stanford is 25-1 against Utah, with the lone loss coming last year in Salt Lake City.
“We remembered that, and we talked about how we owed them. We didn’t like how that felt last year and we weren’t going to let it happen again,” Hull said.
Forward Maya Dodson saw her first action of the season after missing the Cardinal's first 24 games with an injury she suffered last year. Dodson scored seven points, making all three of her field goal attempts.
“We have really missed her, and we’re excited to have her back. She played well and we’ll need her as we approach the postseason,” VanDerveer said.
The Cardinal's motion sets produced open shots and their deadly 3-point accuracy and opportunistic early offense combined to keep the Utes on their heels. On defense, Stanford had 12 steals and 11 blocks.
Against top competition, the Utes often stay close but then fall prey to overwhelming runs. The second quarter was disastrous, especially the half-closing 10-0 run. After two wins last weekend on the road and beginning a four-game homestand, Utah was hoping to create some upset magic but still lacks the consistency to beat great teams.
No. 12 Arizona 64, Washington 53
Aari McDonald scored nine of her 19 points in the third quarter when No. 12 Arizona pulled away from Washington for the Wildcats' 20th win.
Helena Pueyo had four 3-pointers and 14 points for the Wildcats (20-4, 9-4 Pac-12), who have won seven of their last eight games. Cate Reese had 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds, Amari Carter scored 10 points and Sam Thomas blocked a career-high six shots.
The Wildcats shot 49% and made half of their 18 3-point attempts.
Leading 32-26 at halftime, Arizona used a 9-0 run in the third to go ahead by double figures. Another 9-0 surge gave the Wildcats their largest lead of 19 with just under four minutes left in the game.
Amber Melgoza scored 22 points for the Huskies (11-13, 3-10), her 37th career 20-point game. Darcy Reese and Mai-loni Henson added 10 points each.
No. 13 DePaul 89, Butler 60
Sonya Morris scored 23 points, Kelly Campbell had nine points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, and DePaul beat Butler to snap the Bulldogs' five-game winning streak.
It was a matchup of the top-scoring offense in the league against the best defense. DePaul entered averaging 84.9 points per game and the Bulldogs allow just 58.7 points.
Deja Church added 19 points and Chante Stonewall had 17 points for DePaul (22-3, 12-1 Big East), which has never lost to Butler in 19 all-time games. The Blue Demons' only conference setback was a 63-61 loss to Creighton.
Katherine Strong scored 13 points to lead Butler (17-6. 9-3). Kristen Spolyar had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
USC 72, No. 11 Oregon State 66
Alissa Pili scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season and Southern California beat No. 11 Oregon State.
Kayla Overbeck halted a 9-0 Oregon State run with a basket in the lane for a 65-61 lead and on USC's next possession, Pili made 1 of 2 free throws for a five-point lead.
Oregon State had three chances at a basket until Pili secured the rebound and was fouled with 51.5 seconds left. She made both free throws to seal it.
Aliyah Jeune added 12 points for USC (13-11, 5-8 Pac-12), which also beat top-10 ranked UCLA earlier this year.
Mikayla Pivec scored 16 points, and Taylor Jones added 12 for Oregon State (19-6, 7-6). Destiny Slocum, averaging 14.6 points per game, also scored 12.
Pivec scored 12 points in the first half and Jones added 10 as Oregon State led 35-32. Pili led the Trojans with 11 points.
No. 22 Arizona State 62, Washington State 59
Reili Richardson scored 13 of her 22 points in the final five minutes to help No. 22 Arizona State take the lead and hold off Washington State.
Ula Motuga tied it at 50 with a 3-pointer for Washington State with 3:20 left in the game. Richardson answered with back-to-back 3s to make it 56-50 and made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 28 seconds to secure the win for the Sun Devils (17-8, 7-6 Pac-12), even as the Cougars (11-14, 4-9) rallied twice to within a point.
Ja'Tavia Tapley added 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Robbi Ryan scored 10 for Arizona State. Richardson also had five rebounds and five assists.
Borislava Hristova had 15 of her 22 points in the second half to help Washington State rally from a 12-point deficit early in the third quarter. Hristova scored five during a 13-1 run that tied it 34-all late in the third.
Chanelle Molina added 13 points for the Cougars.
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