March 24, 2020

Thanks for the memories, Part 2 of 2

After the Stanford women’s basketball team had completed the pre-conference season with an 11-1 record, senior forward Nadia Fingall helped the team get the Pac-12 season off to a good start with 20 points, her season high, in the 77-58 home victory over Washington State on Jan. 3.

Her accomplishment came almost exactly a year after she had suffered a torn ACL at home against USC on Jan. 4, 2019.

After the team beat Washington 77-56 at home on Jan. 5, the players celebrated in the usual way by tossing victory balls into the crowd.

Tara joins the team and Stanford Soul Line Dancers to celebrate after the Washington game. (John Lozano/
Players join in on line dance

The celebration became more joyous when some members of the Stanford Soul Line Dancers, who had entertained at halftime, joined the players for a spontaneous line dance at center court. Even head coach Tara VanDerveer got in on the fun.

Yet another win came Jan. 10 when Stanford sailed over Cal 73-40 in the first round of the Battle of the Bay.

The game had a festive air starting before the game when fans could avail themselves of freebies like pens, pompons, rally towels, glow sticks and lighted head bands. The latter two items cast a red glow throughout Maples as the lights were dimmed for introduction of the starters.

Freshmen help to beat Cal

The freshmen played a major role in the win. One more point from them would have tied Cal’s total output, and two more would have defeated the Bears.

Guard Haley Jones with 17 points, forward Ashten Prechtel with 13, forward Fran Belibi with 6 and guard Hannah Jump with 3 combined for 39 points. That was more than half of the team’s total, yet the four rookies played just under of third of the total minutes.

More festivities came during halftime, when the women’s soccer team was honored for its second national championship in the past three years.

Following the game, it was announced that Tara had just won her 500th conference game, the most by any Division I coach with one women’s basketball team.

After Stanford won round two of the Battle of the Bay by defeating Cal 79-65, Haley was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the third time.

Journeying north, Stanford split a pair of games, losing 87-55 to Oregon on Jan. 16 and defeating Oregon State 61-58 on Jan. 19.

Injury at OSU takes Haley out for season

The latter win proved costly as Haley suffered an injury that kept her out for the rest of the season.

Hannah hugs Ashten as Nadia (4) and Fran add their congratulations. (Stanford Athletics)
It took overtime, but Stanford defeated Colorado 76-68 at home on Jan. 24. With less than 2 seconds to go in regulation, Colorado was 64-62, but Ashten took the inbound pass and made a layup to tie the score.

Senior guard Mikaela Brewer was in uniform for the first time but didn’t play. Junior forward Alyssa Jerome was in street clothes along with senior guard DiJonai Carrington and junior forward Maya Dodson.

Defeating Utah 82-49 at home on Jan. 24 was a lot easier. Among the stat sheet highlights were only five turnovers, compared with Utah’s 16.

Mikaela played for the first time. She entered with game with about two minutes to go and snared a rebound.

1990 national championship team honored

The afternoon started on a celebratory note as players and staff from SWBB’s 1990 national championship team were saluted at center court.

At the Behind the Bench afterward, associate head coach Kate Paye called for a moment of silence in memory of retired NBA great Kobe Bryant, who, with his daughter and seven others, had died in a helicopter crash in Southern California earlier in the day.

A trip to the Evergreen State netted two wins: 58-41 over Washington on Jan. 31 and 71-49 over Washington State on Feb. 2.

After enduring a 79-69 home loss to UCLA on Feb. 7, the Cardinal rebounded with a 79-59 victory over USC on Feb. 9, also at home.

During the game, the volleyball team was honored for its second consecutive national championship and its third in four years.

Seniors and their families gather with Tara at center court on Senior Day. (Stanford Athletics)
Senior Day celebrated after USC win

Afterward, the four seniors were honored. Even though two more home games were scheduled, this one was more convenient for the families of DiJonai, Mikaela, Nadia and guard Anna Wilson.

Venturing to the mountain schools, Stanford returned with a 97-64 score over Utah on Feb. 14 and 69-66 over Colorado on Feb. 16.

These two games marked Maya’s first for the season. Although her minutes were limited, she scored 7 points against Utah and 6 against Colorado.

Everyone celebrates as her teammates swamp Kiana (seen above the ref's head) after her game-saving heroics against Colorado. (Cliff Grassmick/Boulder Daily Camera)
Kiana makes historic scores against Colorado

The Colorado game was one that likely will go down in SWBB history thanks to junior guard Kiana Williams. With a mere 13 seconds to go, she hit a game-tying 3, then stole  the ball and made a 3 from about 40 feet out with just four seconds to go.

Another home win came Feb. 21 – a tight 63-60 defeat of Oregon State.

Oregon came away with a 74-66 win on Feb. 24. In this game, sophomore guard Lexie Hull had a team-high 27 points, the bulk of them coming from her career-high six 3’s

Stanford then traveled to the desert, where it lost a 73-72 heartbreaker to Arizona on Feb. 28 but defeated Arizona 55-44 on March 1.

That wrapped up the regular season, but it ended with some conference honors for the Cardinal. Kiana and Lexie were named to the All-Pac-12 team. Lexie was named to the All-Defensive team, with honorable mentions for Kiana, Nadia and sophomore guard Lacie Hull.

Fran and Ashten merited honorable mentions for the All-Freshman team.

Entering the Pac-12 tournament, the team delivered a birthday present to Kate by beating Oregon State 68-57 on March 6. It followed that up with a 67-51 defeat of UCLA, avenging its regular season loss.

Nadia makes football-like pass to Fran

That game featured another memorable play when Nadia was to inbound the ball under the UCLA basket. She did so with a vengeance, hurling the ball to Fran nearly the entire length of the court, enabling Fran to make an easy layup.

Oregon knocked off the Cardinal 89-56 to capture the Pac-12 championship on March 8.
Afterward, Lexie and Kiana were named to the All-Tournament team.

Four days later, on March 12, Tara met with the team for the last time. There were tears aplenty as this group of players realized they would never play together again.  

And in keeping with Stanford’s order to close the campus because of the coronavirus, they were all on their way home that evening.

As the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ann Killion reported March 15, Mikaela and Nadia have completed their last year of eligibility and will graduate. However, Anna has already applied for a fifth year, or redshirt, and DiJonai is expected to do the same. One scholarship is available for next year.

Now that this 27-6 season is over, we can look forward to the promise of next season. Assuming life has returned to something more normal, the 2020-21 team will start summer classes on June 22, arriving a few days before that.

It'll be without assistant coach Lindy La Rocque. Stanford announced on March 18 that Lindy will become head coach at UNLV in her hometown. She will be missed.

March 19, 2020

Thanks for the memories, Part 1 of 2

The Stanford players always supported and cheered for their teammates. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

With apologies to T.S. Eliot, this is the way the season ends: “not with a bang but a whimper.”

The Stanford women's basketball season had been filled with memorable plays and games, but it  abruptly ended March 12 when the NCAA announced that it was canceling both the men’s and women’s tournaments because of the spreading coronavirus. 

Other amateur and pro sports also were shut down, along with much of the rest of the world.

After an 89-56 loss to Oregon in the March 8 final of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, the team was expecting a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and a chance to host the first two rounds.

Instead, it had to settle for its 27-6 overall record, 14-4 in the conference.

Thus the players, especially the seniors, the staff and the fans were greatly disappointed that there would be no more games this season.

Freshmen bolster hopes for team

Tara is flanked by the freshmen, from left: Haley, Hannah, Fran, Ashten. (Stanford Athletics)
Everyone had high hopes for this team even though it was relatively young but with a highly promising freshman class with guards Haley Jones and Hannah Jump along with forwards Fran Belibi and Ashten Prechtel.

Fans got their first look at the team during an open practice Oct. 26. Afterward, head coach Tara VanDerveer said, “We’re going to have a good year.”

With the team ranked third in the AP poll behind Oregon and Baylor, the players gave an enticing preview of coming attractions by hosting a Chinese team, Beijing Normal, and defeating their guests 100-58 on Oct. 29.

And perhaps in a preview of coming un-attractions, three players were unavailable: Haley, senior guard Mikaela Brewer, who was wearing a walking boot on her left foot; and junior forward Maya Dodson, recovering from an injury sustained the previous season.

Stanford hosts Team USA in exhibition
Stanford and Team USA players get together before  the game. (Bob Drebin/
A sterner test faced the team in another exhibition Nov. 2. This time the guest was Team USA, on a tour of top colleges to get ready for the 2020 Olympics. Among the WNBA greats on Team USA was esteemed Stanford alum Nneka Ogwumike, ’12.

She had game highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds in just over 27 minutes, thus upping her Maples win-loss record to 65-0 as Team USA won 95-80.

Haley was able to play, but Maya and Mikaela were still unavailable. It would be months before either of them returned.

Games that counted started Nov. 5 when the Cardinal routed visiting Eastern Washington University 92-27.

Stanford, USF play in Warriors’ Chase Center

Stanford, technically hosted by the University of San Francisco, made Bay Area basketball history by playing the first college game ever in the Golden State Warriors’ shiny new Chase Center in San Francisco on Nov. 9.

Stanford won that one 97-71, led by sophomore guard Lexie Hull with 27 points. Also in double figures were senior guard DiJonai Carrington with 16 and junior forward Alyssa Jerome with 11.

Chalking up another win, Stanford defeated its Northern Colorado visitors 90-36 on Nov. 14. In what became a ritual before every game, Fran delivered a dunk.

Sophomore guard Lacie Hull led all players with 19 points.

It takes OT to beat Gonzaga

Winning was far more difficult Nov. 17 when Stanford eked out a 76-70 home win over Gonzaga in overtime. Lexie helped make the win possible with 8 points and an important rebound in the final three minutes of OT. Senior guard Anna Wilson helped, too, with three free throws during the final minute or so.

Junior guard Kiana Williams led the team with 22 points, while Lexie had 20 and Haley had 11.

Still at home, Stanford beat Buffalo 88-69 on Nov. 24. Lexie wound up with 21 points, and Kiana had 14. Ashten had her first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Three games, three wins during Thanksgiving break

The team spent Thanksgiving weekend at a tournament in Victoria, B.C., Canada, and returned with three wins: 83-78 over California Baptist on Nov. 28, 77-59 over Syracuse on Nov. 29 and 67-62 over Mississippi State on Nov. 30.

Senior forward Nadia Fingall was named the tournament’s MVP, and Haley was named to the all-tournament team. Her accomplishments in Victoria led to her being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.

However, DiJonai didn’t play at all, nor did she play any games after that. Her hustle was sorely missed, but she exhibited leadership throughout the season.

Estella (left) and DiJonai like what they see in the Ohio State game. (Don Feria/

Back home, the team upped its record to 9-0 with a 71-52 over Ohio State on Dec. 15. It was the 1,100th win in program history. The victory propelled Stanford to No. 1 in AP’s weekly poll.

Although the team’s ranking moved up and down throughout the season, it never fell below No. 8 and finished at No. 7.

Lexie makes seven steals against Ohio State

Among highlights in this game, Lexie had a career-high seven steals while adding 13 points. Haley had a team-high 15 and was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second time. Also in double figures were Fran with 13 and Kiana with 13.

As had become her habit, Hannah made three 3’s in seemingly effortless fashion – just catch and shoot – swish.

Yet another home win came Dec. 18 when Tennessee fell 78-51. During the fourth quarter, Kiana made a free throw that gave her 1,000 points for her collegiate career, the 41st player to do so in the program’s history.

Playing in all 33 games, she led the team with a total of 494 points, an average of 15 points per game.

Going on the road, the team suffered its first loss, 69-64, at the hands of Texas on Dec. 22.

Memorable play in win over UC Davis

Back from the holiday break, the Cardinal defeated UC Davis 67-55 at home on Dec. 28.
One of the game’s more memorable moments came during the second quarter. Fran blocked a shot, Lacie grabbed the rebound, took a few steps and hurled the ball to Fran, who scored, bringing the crowd to its feet.

Haley, trailed by Nadia, takes the ball upcourt. (Karen Ambrose Hickey/Stanford Athletics)
Haley had her first career double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Thus the team ended the pre-conference season with an 11-1 record as it geared up for Pac-12 competition.

Next: Part 2, the Pac-12 season

February 26, 2020

Bright spots in loss to Oregon

Players on the bench celebrate a good play. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

If there’s such a thing as a moral victory in Stanford women’s basketball team’s 66-74 home loss to Oregon on Feb. 24, it’s that the score was a big improvement over the 55-87 pasting the Cardinal endured in Eugene on Jan. 16.

Thus Stanford held Oregon to 13 fewer points and narrowed the gap to 8 points.

Although news coverage was all about the Ducks’ Sabrina Ionescu and her ongoing records, sophomore guard Lexie Hull had a good night, too. She scored a team-high 27 points, the same as Oregon’s Satou Sabally.

Fired up, Lexie runs down the court. (Stanford Athletics)
Lexie pours in six treys

The bulk of Lexie’s points came from her career-high six 3-pointers. She tallied five rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and no turnovers in 35 minutes.

Junior guard Kiana Williams also was in double figures with 14 points, including two 3’s. She added three rebounds, four assists but had three turnovers in 39 minutes.

While they were the only Cardinal players in double figures, five others scored.

In all, the team had 11 3’s. Besides Lexie’s six and Kiana’s two, freshman forward Ashten Prechtel had two, and senior forward Nadia Fingall had one.

A determined Nadia goes for a layup. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Stanford snares more rebounds

Stanford out-rebounded Oregon 36-34. Each team had 13 assists. Oregon had 13 turnovers, Stanford 12.

The first quarter ended 8-18 in Oregon’s favor, largely because  Stanford shot a miserable 17.6 percent, while the visitors shot 50 percent.

Stanford’s percentage rose to 30 at the half, but Oregon led 22-32. By then the Cardinal had had no opportunities at the free-throw line but had held Sabrina to 6 points and four rebounds.

The third quarter found the Cardinal in an 18-point hole, 38-56. The home team actually outscored the visitors 28-18 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. The Cardinal shot 39.1 percent for the game, the Ducks 48.2 percent.

Sabrina rewrites records

Sabrina had had a hectic day. In the morning, she spoke at the Los Angeles memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, who were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Southern California last month.

She reportedly was suffering flu-like symptoms when she arrived at Maples and didn’t come out for warm-ups.

Nevertheless, she raised her ongoing Division I NCAA record (men and women) of triple-doubles to 26 with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists; passed 1,000 career rebounds (1,003) and became the first player to pass 2,000 points (2,467) and 1,000 assists (1,041), according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Besides Nadia, Lexie and Kiana, the starters were junior forward Maya Dodson and sophomore guard Lacie Hull. Three guards – senior DiJonai Carrington, sophomore Jenna Brown and freshman Haley Jones – were still unavailable.

Stephen Curry (in green shirt) and Russell Wilson join Tara and the team in the locker room. (Stanford Athletics)
Warriors’ Curry attends game 

Maples was roaring with 6,511 fans, most for Stanford but a substantial number for Oregon. Among the latter was Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, who sat courtside behind the Stanford basket. Anna Wilson's brother, Russell, was there with his wife to support Stanford.

The evening began with a well-received rendition of the national anthem by a chorus of youngsters from Bullis Charter School of Los Altos, who warmed up in the east concourse before the game.

Because it was the Breast Cancer Awareness game, Stanford’s home white uniforms were trimmed in pink. Stanford Medicine gave out free pink socks and pompons before the game.

Halftime was highlighted by a man who made a Copy the Cardinal trick shot – a free throw while seated on the floor. He made it on his first try and won $300. Usually the prize is $100, but this shot hadn’t been made this season until now.

Record assures a tournament bye

This loss to Oregon leaves Stanford with a 24-4 record, while Oregon is 26-2. It’s 15-1 in the Pac-12 
Conference, while Stanford is 13-3. Nevertheless, Stanford is assured of a first-round bye in the upcoming Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.

This was Stanford’s last regular-season home game, but the team is hoping for a high NCAA tournament seed that would allow it to be a host for the first two rounds.

Before then, the Cardinal will travel to the desert to face Arizona at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 and Arizona State at 11 a.m. March 1. Pac-12 networks will televise both games.

February 22, 2020

Cardinal hold off surge by Beavers

Nadia and fans are fired up with Stanford still in the lead in the final minutes. (Stanford Athletics)

Riding high after a sweep of the mountain schools the previous weekend, the Stanford women’s basketball team returned home and endured some ups and downs in its 63-60 win over Oregon State on Jan. 21.

The ups were first that the team won, but it nearly blew a 14-point lead with about seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The game had seemed well in hand before OSU mounted a comeback but fell short. Still, OSU outscored Stanford by 6 points, 15-9, in that quarter.

Also on the plus side was the team’s defensive intensity, often preventing OSU from shooting until the shot clock had nearly expired.

OSU perfect at the stripe

On the other hand, that tough defense led to 12 fouls (some protested vociferously by the crowd of 3,745). When those fouls led to free throws, OSU didn’t miss a one, going 12-for-12 at the line.

OSU had 11 fouls, but Stanford made only eight of 12 free throws. Its first free-throw opportunity didn’t come until early in the third quarter.

Two of the eight made free throws came from junior guard Kiana Williams after a technical on an OSU coach later in the third.

Rebounds also were a sore point, with OSU gathering in 40, 28 of them defensive, to Stanford’s 34, 22 defensive.
Kiana drives against an OSU defender.(AP Jeff Chiu)
Kiana leads the team

As she was at the mountain schools, Kiana helped to save the day by playing all 40 minutes and scoring 24 points. Thus she scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time this season, according to the Associated Press.

No other Cardinal player was in double figures. Senior guard Anna Wilson came closest with 8 points. Sophomore guard Lexie Hull added 6 as did junior forwards Alyssa Jerome and Maya Dodson.

Playing in only her third game this season, Maya was in the starting lineup along with Kiana, Lexie, sophomore guard Lacie Hull and senior forward Nadia Fingall, who, uncharacteristically, didn’t score.

Tara praises Maya

Head coach Tara VanDerveer credited Maya’s defense for helping the No. 4 Cardinal hold off the No. 15 OSU, AP reported.

“Maya is a difference maker,” Tara said in the post-game press conference. “She changes things for us.”

Very much on the bright side, the team had only one turnover in the first three quarters and only four turnovers for the game, while OSU had 10.

Kiana made three of the team’s seven 3-pointers. Anna and Alyssa had two each.

Jenna joins the injured list

Attrition also could have hurt the Cardinal as sophomore guard Jenna Brown, who has looked good in recent games, joined freshman guard Haley Jones and senior guard DiJonai Carrington in street clothes.

Haley, who was injured five weeks ago at Oregon State, was still wearing a leg brace, but it looked different from the one she had worn previously, and it allowed freer but still limited movement.

Leading off the 8 p.m. game, the St. Simon Parish School chorus of Los Altos sang the national anthem. It merited a roar of approval when the youngsters lifted small USA flags about two-thirds of 
the way through the song.

The crowd also applauded timeout appearances by the women’s softball and lacrosse teams as well as a videoboard shot of Kayla Pedersen, ’11.

Rocky Mountain highs

The team had returned from its trip to the mountain schools not only with two wins but with some very happy memories.

For example, the 97-64 score over Utah on Feb. 14 marked the most points an SWBB team had made in a conference game since 2011.

That Valentine’s Day total included 15 3’s recorded by seven players, led by Kiana and Lexie with four each. They were among four players in double figures.

Maya makes welcome return

Perhaps the happiest event of all was Maya’s game debut after missing all previous games this season because of an injury. Playing a cautious nine minutes, she nevertheless contributed 7 points on perfect shooting, plus a rebound, a steal and a block.

Against Colorado on Feb. 16, she played 15 minutes and again was productive with six points and four rebounds. She had no turnovers in either game.

Jubilant coaches and staff exult as her teammates engulf Kiana (seen above the ref's head) after her 13 seconds of game-saving heroics against Colorado. (Photo by Cliff Grassmick/Boulder Daily Camera)
However, the most memorable part of that game was what Kiana did. It probably will take its place among legendary individual accomplishments like Jeanette Pohlen’s, ’11, 4.4-second cross-court run to make the game-winning layup against Xavier in 2010. This victory sent Stanford to the Final Four in San Antonio.

Kiana saves the day

With a mere 13 seconds to go, Kiana hit a game-tying 3, then stole the ball and hit a 3 from 40 feet out with just 4 seconds left, giving the team a 69-66 win.

She finished the game with career highs of 29 points and seven 3’s. Together, she and five of her teammates had 14 3’s.

The two mountain victories boosted Stanford to No. 4 from No. 8 in AP’s weekly poll, released Feb. 17.

Next up for the Cardinal is Oregon in Maples at 6 p.m. Feb. 24. ESPN2 will televise the game.

February 11, 2020

Team honors seniors after beating USC

Seniors and their families gather with Tara at center court.

After enduring a 10-point home loss to UCLA two days earlier, the Stanford women’s basketball team rebounded with a resounding 79-59 victory over USC on Feb. 9, also at home.

Playing in front of a loud crowd of 5,221, the Cardinal got off to a fast start against USC, leading 13-0 until the Trojans finally made a 3-pointer with just over six minutes to go in the first quarter.

The first quarter ended 28-6. By then, five Stanford players had popped in six 3’s.

The total had risen to 11 3’s by the end of the game with six players joining in. They were led by sophomore guard Lexie Hull with three.

Senior guard Anna Wilson, junior guard Kiana Williams and freshman guard Hannah Jump each had two, while junior forward Alyssa Jerome and freshman forward Ashten Prechtel chipped in one each.

Three players were in double figures: Lexie with 14 and Ashten and senior forward Nadia Fingall with 11 each.

USC never had a lead, while Stanford enjoyed as much as a 33-point advantage.

Two reasons to celebrate

It was a day of double celebrations. First, it was National Girls and Women in Sports Day, when a number of girls groups attended and several women’s sports teams had exhibits. The volleyball team was honored for its second consecutive national championship and its third in four years.

It also was Senior Day when Anna, Nadia and guards DiJonai Carrington and Mikaela Brewer were saluted after the game.

That was an emotional time when those four plus two male practice players were introduced with family members.

Head coach Tara VanDerveer pointed out that even though there are two more home games – Oregon State on Feb. 21 and Oregon on Feb. 24 – neither is convenient for family members.

Underclass players salute seniors

Each senior was saluted by an underclassman, starting with junior forward Maya Dodson, emotionally lauding Mikaela, who “has gone through a lot of battles” and emerged victorious.
(By then, athletic trainer Katelin Knox had fetched a box of tissues for the tears, which flowed throughout the ceremony.)

Mikaela gets into action against USC.
Mikaela responded, “I’ve grown so much.” Noting that she’s minoring in creative writing, she said she has written a novel that she hopes to have published. Because she hasn’t had much time at home in Canada, she plans to spend time with family next year.

Kiana spoke of DiJonai as being “like a big sister that I never had.”

Tara added, “It’s been tough not seeing Di out there” because of an injury, but there’s still hope that she’ll be back.

DiJonai said, “I’m grateful for all my time here.”

References to big sisters

The big sister theme arose again when Maya talked about Nadia and their longtime friendship. After suffering a torn ACL last year, “she came back 10 times better, 10 times stronger,” Maya said.

“It’s great to have Nadia playing,” Tara said.

Nadia noted that she suffered her injury against USC at home almost a year ago and said she hopes to play more basketball after graduation.

Alyssa called Anna, an art practice major, “one of the kindest people I’ve ever met.” Anna also was saluted by her older brother, Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.

Tara added, that coaches are “trying to get another year for Anna.” She missed quite a few games because of injuries earlier in her Stanford career and wants a red shirt year.

As for this game, Tara said, “Our team played extremely well.”

Stanford dominates the stat sheet

The dominance shows up in statistics like rebounds, 48-38; assists, 13-7; blocks, 7-2; and steals, 9-7.
Stanford shot 42.1 percent and held USC to 27.7 percent.

The starters were Nadia, Lexie, Alyssa, Kiana and sophomore guard Lacie Hull.

As usual, Nadia and Maya were out. Freshman guard Haley Jones was back with the team after being absent for an injury, but was unable to play for either SoCal game. She was wearing a full-length brace on her right leg.

UCLA beats Stanford by 10

The outcome of the Feb. 7 game against UCLA was different from the USC game, when Stanford lost 69-79 before a crowd of  4,530.

Prior to the tipoff, there was a moment of silence in honor of NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven other people who died in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Jan. 26.

From left: Maya, Haley, Ashten, DiJonai, Fran, Nadia, Estella and Alyssa show off their Kobe Bryant T-shirts.
In addition, the Stanford players wore black T-shirts with Bryant’s retired numbers 8 and 24 on the front and the names of the victims on the back.

The starters this time were Lexie, Nadia, Lacie, Kiana and Ashten.

Kiana led the team with 25 points. Lacie with 12 and Ashten with 10 also were in double figures. In addition, Ashten had 12 rebounds.

This loss ended the team’s streak of 12 home wins this season and 16 from the past season, when the last loss was an 88-48 thumping by Oregon on Feb. 10, 2019.

Next up for the Cardinal is a road trip to the mountains with Utah at 6 p.m. Feb.14 and Colorado at 11 a.m. Feb. 16. Both games will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.

Photos by Stanford Athletics