No. 6 Stanford (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12) saved its successful streak alive with a victory in opposition to Duke (3-2, 0-0 ACC) Sunday, one other extremely anticipated extra time matchup. Final week’s win in opposition to Indiana additionally helped the Cardinal return to the highest 10 within the AP top-25 girls’s basketball rankings, their typical place in-season.
Stanford’s offense started the sport in full swing, breaking 20 factors earlier than Duke might attain a double-digit rating. Junior ahead Kiki Iriafen spearheaded this momentum, placing up her personal 12 factors within the first six minutes of the sport — by which level, the Blue Devils hadn’t even put up 12 factors complete.
Senior ahead Cameron Brink continued her sample of early recreation perimeter exercise, together with her first shot of the sport sunk from the arc — like within the Nov. 12 match in opposition to Indiana.
The Cardinal held a powerful result in shut out the primary quarter 30-17.
The second quarter was much less productive for each groups, as the group at Maples witnessed varied scoring droughts on either side. The primary make of the quarter got here from Duke over a minute in, after a pair misses within the paint from Stanford.
“[In] the second quarter, Duke defensively [was] far more aggressive,” Iriafen stated. “It was extra bodily [and] I couldn’t simply have my manner within the publish … one thing that I might’ve finished was use extra pump fakes.”
Stanford was two-for-eight within the paint within the quarter, holding up a dwindling 43-35 lead at halftime.
“That is the primary recreation that Cam and Kiki needed to play half-hour,” VanDerveer stated. “To grasp how [to play] a really bodily recreation, to play half-hour and be capable to go laborious and never get drained.”
In mild of battle within the paint, graduate guard Hannah Leap discovered her footing once more on the perimeter, contributing 15 factors from three.
Stanford’s offense continued its scoring drought within the third. The crew went two-for-12 within the discipline, with a slate of free throws from Iriafen and Brink contributing six of its 10 complete factors within the interval. Three triples and a pair of free throws from Duke’s guard Ashlon Jackson gave the Blue Devils their first lead within the match, ending the quarter 55-53.
The fourth quarter noticed the tightest rating margins but, from Duke being up 4, to Stanford up 5. With two minutes left within the recreation, junior ahead Brooke Demetre responded to a Blue Satan three-pointer with one in all her personal, conserving the groups neck and neck. Opposing ahead Camilla Emsbo fouled Brink within the final 30 seconds, rewarding her with the required two factors to maintain the Cardinal within the recreation. Emsbo then gave Brink a style of her personal medication, blocking the layup that seemed to seal the match for the Cardinal. The 2 groups ended regulation at 71 all, sending the match into extra time.
Simply when issues started to warmth up, Iriafen fell to the ground with an injured foot and freshman ahead Nunu Agara picked up her fifth foul of the sport. Not like its prior matchups this season, Stanford had no room for error within the last minutes, because the crew trailed Duke by a single possession.
Tied at 79 apiece, junior guard Elena Bosgana grabbed essentially the most pivotal rebound within the recreation. Whereas getting the offensive board, she was fouled and managed to deliver Stanford forward by one level in her journey to the free-throw line, making the rating 80-79.
After the Blue Devils later missed a layup in transition, Brink was fouled, sending her to the road with two free throws. Brink’s excellent taking pictures from the foul stripe advantaged the Cardinal in OT, as her last two cemented a three-point lead over Duke: 82-79. On the following possession, the Blue Devils have been unable to generate an open three-point shot, as Jackson needed to hoist up a shot over Leap’s outstretched arms. The shot was no good, and Stanford secured a three-point victory over Duke.
VanDerveer stated she appreciated this difficult matchup, because it allowed her crew a preview for the season forward: “There are issues we are able to do higher, however I’m actually enthusiastic about how our crew caught collectively, battled and located a approach to win.”
Sunday recorded yet one more stellar efficiency for the Brink-Iriafen duo. Iriafen got here simply in need of a double-double, with a career-high 27 factors and 9 rebounds. Within the warmth of foul bother, Brink managed to place up a career-high 29 factors, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks for the Cardinal.
“We’re such a younger crew. Getting a recreation like this underneath our belts exhibits us that we are able to battle by stuff,” Brink stated.
The Stanford girls’s basketball crew seemed forward to every week in Henderson, Nev., with matches in opposition to Belmont on Wednesday afternoon, adopted by the winner of Florida State vs. Northwestern on Friday.