Slow start hurts UW women
Stanford jumps ahead early to win 65-47
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STANFORD, Calif. — Spotting the fourth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team a 10-point lead right out of the gate at Maples Pavilion, where the Cardinal has now won 73 consecutive games, is not a winning strategy for any team.
And it certainly wasn't for Washington on Saturday.
The Huskies (10-7, 2-5 Pac-12), who lost 65-47 to Stanford (17-1, 8-0), got swept on their Bay Area trip after getting beaten 71-47 by California on Thursday. The Huskies have lost five of their past seven games.
"We played hard today, we competed," Husky coach Kevin McGuff said. "We lost to an outstanding team, which has great players and is well-coached. They set the bar in this league."
Stanford remains perfect in Pac-12 play and is alone in first place.
"Stanford is a great team," said Washington freshman Jazmine Davis, a San Jose, Calif., product. "I think overall we didn't do too bad."
It didn't start out well for Washington. The Huskies came out playing more like deer — as in deer in the headlights — for the first five minutes and Stanford took a 10-0 lead. Fortunately for the Huskies, they regrouped and played relatively well for the remainder of the first half and went into the break trailing 27-20.
"We came out rusty. We came out like we didn't know how to play," Davis said. "But we didn't flinch and we managed to stick together and play tough."
There was an opening in the first half for the Huskies, thanks to 30-percent shooting effort in the half from the normally sharpshooting Cardinal.
Washington ended the first half with momentum, outscoring Stanford 9-3 in the last five minutes.
"We were a little bit flat at the start," McGuff said. "Once we got going we played hard and played pretty well."
The Huskies, however, could not extend their momentum into the second half. The Cardinal regained control of the game at 49-28 with 8:45 left, due largely from three three-pointers by Stanford freshman Taylor Greenfield during a 21-8 run.
"I am really excited about how our young players played today," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Taylor really stepped up today."
"Their three-pointers in the second half really broke our back," McGuff said. "We had to play their guards closer and that gave the Ogwumike sisters (Stanford's Chiney, 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Nnemkadi, 17 points and seven rebounds) space to operate around the basket."
Davis led Washington with 16 points and had a large rooting section.
"It always feels good playing in front of family and friends," Davis said. "I think we executed well and I had a pretty good game."
Senior Regina Rogers, Washington's leading scorer and rebounder, was pestered consistently by Stanford defensive double- and triple-teams almost every time she touched the ball. She finished with five points and seven rebounds.
"Stanford made it tough on Regina to get shots off," McGuff said.
The Cardinal had only 12 turnovers to 22 for the Huskies.
Stanford held a striking edge in assists, 19-1.
The Huskies now return home to Seattle with much to do to steer their Pac-12 season back on the right course.
"We played two really good teams on this trip. We knew it would be a big challenge," McGuff said. "We will go back and focus on practice. We still have a lot of basketball left this year."
Percentages: FG .381, FT .588. Three-point goals: 7-24, .292 (Greenfield 4-5, La Rocque 2-7, Samuelson 1-5, James 0-1, Orrange 0-1, Tinkle 0-2, Kokenis 0-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (N. Ogwumike 2, C. Ogwumike, Tinkle). Turnovers: 12 (N. Ogwumike 4, Tinkle 3, C. Ogwumike 2, La Rocque 2, Orrange). Steals: 10 (Orrange 4, C. Ogwumike 2, N. Ogwumike 2, La Rocque, Tinkle). Technical fouls: None.
Attendance: 5,465. Officials: Cathi Cornell, Clarke Stevens, Mary Whatford.