No. 6 Stanford crushes Washington 74-48, heads home to play at Maples Pavilion for the first time since late November
Stanford gets to return home to Maples Pavilion after two months on the road
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— Stanford Women’s Basketball (@StanfordWBB) January 31, 2021
No. 6 Stanford (15-2, 12-2 Pac-12) dominated Washington (4-8, 1-8) in a 74-48 victory Sunday afternoon in Seattle. It was the first time that the Huskies played on their home floor in six weeks due to Covid-19 protocols followed by an away game at Oregon. The home team competed without three players due to injury, including the program’s leading scorer, freshman guard Tameiya Sadler, who contributes 12.3 points per contest.
Stanford began the game with the same starters for the fourth straight time, including freshman forward Cameron Brink, who scored the first points of the matchup. The Cardinal never trailed during the entire contest. Halfway through the first period, Stanford had a double-digit lead after a driving layup from fifth-year guard Anna Wilson at 5:04, giving her team a 17-7 lead.
“I thought we started out really well,” Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer said. “We really jumped on them, 28 to 9.”
Heading into the second quarter, the Cardinal enjoyed a 28-9 advantage after shooting 59% (10-17) from the floor compared to 43% (3-7) by the Huskies.
Stanford began the second quarter on a 10-0 run before Washington could recover and go on a short-lived run of their own. However, with a 29-point deficit, the uptick in scoring was not enough for a realistic comeback attempt before the half. The Cardinal enjoyed a 22-point lead at the break, 41-19.
The third quarter started off as a low-scoring affair by both teams. Stanford’s offense stagnated for about four minutes while Washington fought and got within 18. However, the visitors finished the quarter on a 16-9 run to enter the final period leading 61-36.
The Cardinal sealed the win with a slightly better offensive performance than the Huskies, 13-12. It was the sixth time this season they held a team under 50 points.
Overall, Stanford’s bench outscored Washington’s 29-3. Sophomore guard Hanna Jump led the way, coming off the bench for a game-high 15 points.
“Hannah Jump came in and did a great job for us.,” VanDerveer said. “She brought a lot of energy, knocked down her shots. You know she was working hard on defense, scrappy.”
Three other Stanford players finished in double digits for a well-balanced scoring effort: senior guard Kiana Williams and junior guard Lexie Hull finished with 12 points and four rebounds each. Sophomore guard Haley Jones also chipped in 12 points. Brink had four blocks to go along with seven points and four rebounds.
Sophomore center Quay Miller paced the Huskies with 14 points and five rebounds. She was the only Washington player in double figures. Junior forward Haley Van Dyke led her team in rebounding with eight caroms to go along with her nine points.
Washington remains at home to host USC and UCLA next weekend. Stanford goes back to the Bay Area to play on their home court for the first time since late November when a Santa Clara health mandate went into effect, banning contact sports and limiting travel for visitors that crossed the county line.
The Cardinal will look to get revenge on Colorado on Friday, Feb. 4. In the last outing between the squads, the Buffs beat Stanford 77-72 in Boulder in an overtime thriller on Jan. 17.