No. 4 Stanford ladies’s basketball (6-0, 0-0 Pac-12) received two hard-fought video games to take dwelling the Ball Dawgs Traditional of their first highway journey of the season. On Wednesday, the Cardinal defeated a spirited Belmont (2-3, 0-0 Missouri Valley) 74-55, in a recreation which was shut till the final quarter. Stanford confronted its second ranked opponent of the yr in Friday’s ultimate towards No. 13 Florida State (5-1, 0-0 ACC), which it received 100-88 to safe its first silverware of the younger season.
Following Stanford’s spectacular extra time win towards Duke (4-2, 0-0 ACC), head coach Tara VanDerveer harassed pre-game that she needed her crew to be extra aggressive defensively and take away three-point shot makes an attempt. Her crew answered her name early, because the Bruins went 0-4 from deep within the first quarter.
Stanford put up simply 20 factors within the first, their lowest tally of the season to date. Senior ahead Cameron Brink was dominant on either side of the ball, however an early foul noticed her benched for the rest of the quarter. Belmont scored twice within the final 50 seconds of the quarter to chop Stanford’s result in 20-14.
Stanford misplaced the second quarter 17-12 as three-point taking pictures faltered; even the normally stellar graduate pupil guard Hannah Leap was unable to transform any of her six makes an attempt of the primary half. Brink — so usually breaking information and creating highlights — missed a free throw to snap a outstanding streak of 73 consecutive free-throws made.
She fell simply two in need of the Division I Ladies’s document held by Michelle Gaislerova of North Dakota State, who made 75 consecutive photographs from the road between December 2018 and February 2020. Brink’s streak is much more spectacular provided that she struggled with free throws her freshman yr, taking pictures solely 65%.
Stanford remained sluggish and limped into the second half with a slight 32-31 lead. Regardless of junior ahead Brooke Demetre going two for 2 from three, the remainder of the crew was a depressing one for 14. The Cardinal’s talisman Brink — who solely performed six first half minutes as a consequence of foul bother — stormed again within the third with 16 factors to maintain Stanford forward 53-48.
Stanford lastly pulled away within the final 10 minutes, limiting the Bruins to only seven factors. Brink was dominant on boards, and the Cardinal took benefit of their vital rebounding superiority — 52 to the Bruins’ 33 — to bombard Belmont’s basket and enhance their lead. The Cardinal’s fluid ball motion was on full show (5 gamers completed with three or extra assists), whereas back-to-back triples from sophomore guard Talana Lepolo and Leap put the sport out of sight.
Stanford received 74-55 to safe the prospect to play for a trophy on Friday night.
“[Brink] had an awesome second half … I believed Kiki [Iriafen] had a extremely good recreation [too],” VanDerveer mentioned. “I believed our fourth quarter was nice. We began making some photographs and we labored laborious defensively.”
After Florida State defeated Northwestern (3-3, 0-0 Huge Ten) 90-52, Stanford’s opponent was set for Friday’s championship showdown. The primary half was a high-scoring affair, as each groups exchanged the lead and regarded evenly matched. The Seminoles held a slender 34-28 lead after the primary quarter, during which Stanford once more struggled to search out consistency from deep however improved total on its discipline purpose share from Wednesday’s recreation.
Iriafen — who was named match MVP on the conclusion of Friday’s recreation — was electrical within the ultimate. Within the first quarter alone, she recorded a rating, an help, a steal, a block and an offensive and defensive rebound, illustrating her well-roundedness. She recorded a double-double by the tip of the primary half, with 14 factors and 10 rebounds.
Junior guard Elena Bosgana performed nicely, too, main the crew within the half with 16 factors, a career-high.
Backed by these nice performances, Stanford clawed its manner again within the second quarter. The half ended with a spotlight play as redshirt sophomore guard Jzaniya Harriel delivered a buzzer-beater from the arc to spice up the Cardinal result in 52-48.
Brink recorded three blocks within the third quarter, however her third foul pressured her to take a seat once more. She fouled out towards the tip of the sport, but nonetheless recorded a formidable stat line: 19 factors, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks in simply 16 minutes of play.
Leap — once more gradual to get going — scored her first three photographs of the half because the Cardinal grew its lead. A buzzer beater jumper by Iriafen elevated Stanford’s momentum, cementing a 79-70 lead over the Seminoles heading into the fourth. Iriafen ended the night time with a career-high 30 factors after setting her prior career-high towards Duke simply final week.
The fourth quarter was extra routine for Stanford, as they saved the Seminoles at arms size to say one other ranked win. The sport ended 100-88, with Stanford recording its first triple-digit tally of the season.
“We bought drained. We couldn’t defend them,” mentioned Florida State coach Brooke Wyckoff. “We have been outmatched within the paint, after which we weren’t in a position to get stops and get into our rhythm.”
After the crew headed dwelling to Palo Alto, a Sunday recreation towards the Albany Danes — VanDerveer’s former crew — awaited.
However there was no love for her alma mater on Sunday, because the Cardinal thrashed the Danes in a 79-35 blowout. Brink had 21 factors and 19 rebounds, whereas Leap tallied 16 factors.
The Cardinal started the sport on an 11-0 run, however the Danes fought again to make it an eight-point recreation after 1 / 4. However within the second, Stanford put its foot on the fuel pedal, extending its result in 23 factors by the half. The Cardinal cruised from thereon out, with their lead by no means falling under 20 factors.
Up subsequent, the Cardinal will head on the highway to face San Diego State (4-2, 0-0 Mountain West) in Viejas Area. Tip-off begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1.