February 14, 2015

Bouncing back from the desert

After two disappointing losses in Arizona the previous weekend, the Stanford women’s basketball team returned home to defeat USC 79-60 on Feb. 13.

Apparently spurred by the 53-52 loss to Arizona State on Feb. 6 and the 60-57 loss to Arizona on Feb. 8, head coach Tara VanDerveer altered the starting lineup. Senior guard Amber Orrange, senior forward Bonnie Samuelson and freshman forward Kaylee Johnson kept their usual starting assignments. Joining them for the first time were senior forward Erica Payne and redshirt junior guard Jasmine Camp. Amber, Jasmine and Erica are the team’s co-captains.

Previous starters – sophomore guards Briana Roberson and Lili Thompson – got into the game before long, though. By the time halftime rolled around, 10 players had seen action, and Stanford was ahead 38-27.

The second half started with the usual starters: Amber, Lili, Bri, Bonnie and Kaylee. All 15 players got into the game before the final buzzer sounded, and 12 scored, leading to 55.2 percent accuracy for the game.

USC used all 10 of its available players and shot 37.5 percent.

Bonnie makes four 3’s

The Cardinal made 35.3 percent, or six of 17, of its 3-pointers. Bonnie accounted for four, while Amber and Bri had one each. USC made four of 12 for 33.3 percent.

Scoring was led by Lili with 14, followed by Amber and Bri with 13 each, and Bonnie with 12. Kaylee had 9 to go with five rebounds, but Bonnie led the team with six rebounds. The team had 34 rebounds, bested by USC’s 38.

On the other hand, Stanford had only seven turnovers, compared with USC’s 12. USC had 17 fouls, Stanford 14. Stanford made 60 percent of its free throws, or nine of 15, while USC shot 53.3 percent, or eight of 15, at the charity stripe.

Celebration of the victory was delayed several minutes as USC guard McKenzie Calvert lay on the floor after being injured, and the crowd went silent. As the Stanford players headed toward their huddle, Lili went to her and patted her on the shoulder. Fans and players applauded as she was helped off the court.

Then it was time for “All Right Now” and the victory balls.

Wild turkey roams Maples lot

Some fans arriving early to park in the Maples lot saw something unusual – a wild turkey pecking at the ground cover and walking on the pavement.

Sophomore forward Kailee Johnson was the game’s featured player. During timeouts, the usual five Dollies were joined by up to 10 more, apparently alums of the dance group.

Halftime entertainment was high energy with a performance by the Ernie Reyes martial arts group. As the halftime neared its end, the parents of Lindy La Rocque,’12, chatted with present players’ parents before returning to their seats above the Stanford bench. Along the way they got to say hello to Tara and associate head coach Amy Tucker.

It had been a big day on campus with an appearance by President Obama at a cybersecurity conference, but he left long before the game started. Lili had reportedly hoped he would attend the game because he and she went to the same high school in Hawaii.

Next up for the Cardinal is UCLA at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15.

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