No. 3 Stanford ladies’s basketball (7-0, 0-0 Pac-12) continued their unbeaten begin to the season with a dominant 79-35 win over UAlbany (4-2, 0-0 America East). Senior ahead Cameron Brink was good on either side of the ball, whereas fellow forwards — freshman Nunu Agara and junior Kiki Iriafen — raised havoc too, permitting Stanford’s guards to excel from the 3-point line.
Stanford’s snug night time started with a slight hiccup, as sophomore guard Talana Lepolo was unable to gather Brink’s wayward move, inflicting a back-court violation. The Cardinal quickly settled into their rhythm, although, as junior guard Elena Bosgana, graduate guard Hannah Soar and Lepolo crafted some nice passes from the perimeter, whereas Iriafen and Brink labored the publish with assuredness. A powerful form gave Bosgana an open look from three, and Stanford was on the board. The Greek then turned supplier as she fed Iriafen with a move from her personal half.
Brink had 4 blocks within the recreation, the primary two coming in fast succession as she smothered Albany’s star guard Kayla Cooper in what was rapidly turning into an actual mismatch. Iriafen, in the meantime, was aggressively crashing the offensive boards to present Stanford second-chance factors, as she scored six within the opening minutes. The Nice Danes had been shell-shocked and known as a timeout.
Stanford amassed an 11-0 lead earlier than Albany may reply. Cooper then managed to get one of the best of Brink, avoiding her lengthy attain to attain a jumper for the Nice Danes’ first factors. They adopted with two extra scores to chop the deficit additional, however Soar snapped the Cardinal’s temporary scoring drought with a good looking drive and euro-step layup. Brink bested Cooper but once more, because the guard twisted and turned beneath the basket in useless, earlier than the Stanford star grabbed maintain of the ball to power a bounce ball.
The Cardinal ended the primary quarter with a flourish, as redshirt sophomore guard Jzaniya Harriel took the ball down courtroom, shot a troublesome pull-up jumper and hustled to safe her personal rebound. Harriel fed freshman guard Courtney Ogden, whose three missed, however Brink soared ahead and scored off the rebound in a single fell swoop. Stanford led 20-12 after one quarter.
The second quarter noticed Stanford develop its lead, aided by sharp taking pictures from its veteran Soar. On consecutive performs, she swished a 3 from two ft past the arc, bringing the group to its ft and eliciting a roar from the house bench. Soar’s second was her three hundredth profession three-pointer; Soar is simply the second feminine Cardinal to achieve such heights, after Kiana Williams ‘21, who completed her profession with 311.
Stanford drew increasingly fouls to make Albany pay from the road as they went on a 14-2 run within the first half of the second quarter. On one play, Brink fell beneath the basket as she sought to attach with a Harriel move, however fortunately, was unhurt regardless of the laborious contact. The Nice Danes, in the meantime, saved enjoying robust, setting plenty of sensible screens searching for a gap. However the Cardinal gave them little offensively and the shot clock continued to wind down on every possession, resulting in rushed shot makes an attempt.
Stanford’s self-discipline wavered barely, as Agara after which Lepolo dedicated two fast offensive fouls, earlier than an off-ball foul by Bosgana put Albany on the line for the primary time. They made certainly one of two however Soar responded emphatically together with her third three of the quarter. Stanford had been up 47-24 at half-time.
Within the second half, Stanford displayed distinctive defence to restrict the Nice Danes to single-digit factors tallies in every quarter. Robust rebounding by Brink and Iriafen — who led the crew with 19 and 9 rebounds respectively — allowed Stanford to regulate possession and tame any risk from the Nice Danes. The star forwards’ fixed presence within the paint additionally allowed Lepolo, Soar and Harriel to search out good taking pictures alternatives and to dictate the Cardinal’s ball motion, which grew to become increasingly fluid because the afternoon progressed.
The fourth quarter was low-scoring as the sport was all however settled and head coach Tara VanDerveer was in a position to introduce her final two bench gamers, sophomore guards Stavi Papadaki and Lauren Inexperienced. Stanford’s younger crew on the ground was led by Harriel, as she sank a clean three after her affected person dribbling noticed her slip free from her defender. Papadaki ensured that the ultimate minutes remained thrilling as she drove in direction of the basket and supplied a terrific no-look help for Ogden who scored an and-one. The Cardinal ended the sport with a 44-point benefit, successful 79-35.
“It’s nice to have the ability to play lots of people,” VanDerveer mentioned. “We had 9 individuals in double-digit minutes. And double-digit minutes for our three freshmen. Nobody acquired damage, it’s a terrific win.”
Brink has taken on the position of crew chief with confidence following the commencement of famous person Haley Jones ‘23, and he or she was improbable but once more yesterday, with 21 factors and 19 rebounds.
“There’s not a solution for Cam [Brink],” VanDerveer mentioned. “She will rating one on one in opposition to anybody within the nation.”
Whereas Brink’s fellow forwards had been equally robust, it was Soar who additionally stole the present with 16 factors and three assists. The six-foot guard shouldered loads of accountability, enjoying greater than 34 minutes as junior ahead Brooke Demetre was restricted to only three minutes by means of sickness. Regardless of a gradual begin to the season for Stanford’s lone graduate pupil, this show of taking pictures resembled her best possible, whereas she additionally surpassed an unimaginable milestone, a testomony to her enduring success from deep.
“It’s a terrific accomplishment however it wouldn’t be doable with out my teammates and our ball motion,” Soar mirrored. “Cam [Brink] and Kiki [Iriafen] are destroying [players] inside so I’m gonna proceed taking pictures and knocking them down.”
Subsequent up, Stanford travels south to play San Diego State (4-2, 0-0 Mountain West) on Friday. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT.