Pac-12 competition began at home Jan. 3, when Stanford beat
62-55. Starters were senior guard Amber Orrange, sophomore guards Lili Thompson
and Karlie Samuelson, senior forward Bonnie Samuelson and freshman forward
Kaylee Johnson. Colorado
Amber and Lili did much of the heavy lifting, teaming up for 43 points, 69.3 percent of the final score. Amber had a career-high 26 points, while Lili had 17.
The team had 16 turnovers, 11 of them in the second half, while
had a total of 13. In just over seven
minutes at the 11:06 mark of the second half, the team had eight successive
turnovers. That’s just about when Amber took over, scoring 9 points in the
final minutes. Colorado
Completing the opening round of Pac-12 play, Stanford defeated
55-44 at home on Jan. 5. Amber and Lili
again led the scoring with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Utah
Head coach Tara VanDerveer was wearing a black brace on her left wrist during the
games. She told the Associated Press that she broke a bone just above her left
wrist during practice on New Year’s Eve. She had stepped in front of junior
forward/center Tess Picknell to take a charge and fell backward, landing on the
hand. Utah Tara said that Tess apologized, but the
61-year-old coach blamed only herself.
Heading northwest, the team defeated
60-56 on Jan. 9. With the score 57-55 with 27 seconds left, Lili iced the
victory with a trey. Washington
The team went on to beat
in overtime 86-76 on Jan. 11.
Amber and Bonnie led six players in double figures with 19 and 18,
respectively. Also in double figures was Kaylee, who had a career-high 13
points plus 15 rebounds. Washington State
Balance helps in win over
Balance was the name of the game Jan. 16 when the team returned home to beat
77-47. Led by Bonnie with 14 points,
five players were in double figures. Sophomore forward Erica “Bird” McCall had
13. Lili, Karlie and sophomore guard Briana Roberson had 12 each. Arizona
Combined with her career-high 16 rebounds, Bird had the first double-double of her Stanford career.
In a press conference afterward, she said that wearing glasses for the second consecutive game improved her court vision. She hadn’t worn glasses during previous games this season, and contacts don’t work for her.
Twenty-seven points came from 3’s, with Bonnie and Karlie making four each and Amber one.
ASU dishes out first Pac-12 loss
The team endured its first conference loss, 60-57, at the hands of
at home Jan. 19. Arizona State
At the half, Stanford was down 39-22.
Tara altered the
starting lineup, replacing the Samuelsons with Bri and Bird. The team went on
to outscore ASU 35-21. It had a chance to tie with 2.6 seconds left, but there
wasn’t enough time to get the ball from under ASU’s basket to make a trey.
A trip to
Southern California resulted in two victories: 79-70 over
UCLA on Jan. 23 and 71-60 over USC on Jan.25.
Five players were in double figures in the 76-56 victory over
at home Jan. 31. Washington State
Amber had 15; Bird 14, Bri 11, and Lili and Karlie 10 each. Everyone got into the game.
Amber had six assists. One of them in the first half was the 500th of her career, making her only one of seven Cardinal players to reach that level.
Fans had been missing announcer Betty Ann Hagenau (Boeving), who was in a bicycle accident and recuperating at home. They were asked to sign a get-well card for her.
Kaylee also had 17 rebounds, resulting in the fifth double-double of her first year on the Farm. To that point she was the leading freshman rebounder in the NCAA with an average of 10.5 per game. On top of that, she tied her career-high of four blocks, giving her a season total of 30 to that date.
She finished the entire season with 51 blocks, ranking third behind Val Whiting, ’93, with 57 and Jayne Appel, ’10, with 61 when they were freshmen.
A trip to the desert turned out to be dry with the Cardinal, falling 53-52 to
on Feb. 6 and 60-57 to
on Feb. 8. Arizona
SoCal teams leave with losses
After those two squeakers, the team came home to defeat USC 79-60 on Feb. 13 behind a revised starting lineup. Amber, Bonnie and Kaylee were joined by redshirt junior guard Jasmine Camp and senior forward Erica Payne.
UCLA was the next to fall, 68-50 at Maples on Feb. 15. The Samuelsons contributed 12 3’s to the score, with eight from Bonnie and four from Karlie.
During a timeout at the 7:56 mark in the second half and Stanford ahead 60-40, it was announced that Bonnie’s trey just before that was her seventh of the game and a career high.
Her eighth trey raised her career total to 215, third for a Stanford career, behind Candice Wiggins, ’08, with 295 and Jeanette Pohlen, ’11, with 268.
Scoring wasn’t her only contribution. She tied her career high of three blocks, most on the team, and was second with six rebounds.
With 11 rebounds, Kaylee recorded her 14th game with double-digit rebounds for a total of 268 through that date. By then, she ranked third for a Stanford freshman behind Chiney Ogwumike, ’14, with 281 and Kayla Pedersen, ’11, with 329. When the season ended, she had moved into first place with 344.
Her 4-point, 11-rebound performance against UCLA, combined with 9 points and five rebounds against USC, resulted in her being named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the third time.
After crossing the bay on Feb. 18, the team faced a 28-17 deficit at
with 3:56 to go in the first half.
That’s when Cal Tara sent in freshman guard Brittany
McPhee, who immediately scored 6 points to cut the deficit to 32-23 when the
halftime buzzer sounded.
That was just the start of a Stanford rally that didn’t just lead to a 59-47 victory. The second half saw defensive and offensive efforts that led to no
field goals during the final 12:59 minutes, leaving with a shooting average of 11.1 percent
in that half and 27.3 percent for the game. Only free throws added to Cal ’s score. Cal
Meanwhile, the Cardinal shot 48.3 percent in the second half and 45.3 percent for the game. Amber poured in 19 points, followed by Lili with 18.
The starting lineup was altered again with Amber, Lili, Karlie, Bonnie and Kaylee.
Stanford was ahead 29-27 at the half, but the Bears outscored the Cardinal 36-24 in the second half.
Turnovers, fouls and rebounds contributed to the loss. The team had 17 turnovers, several of them shot-clock violations, while
had 13 TO’s. Cal
outrebounded Stanford 35-31. Cal
The refs called only nine fouls on
while whistling Stanford for 16, with the final ones coming in an effort to get
the ball. Cal
got 13 points from its 20 trips to the charity stripe. Cal got Stanford’s three shots and made
After the game, the six seniors – guard Alex Green, Jasmine, Erica, forward Taylor Greenfield, Amber and Bonnie -- were honored. A video featured highlights from each one’s career.
“It goes really fast,”
Tara said before each senior spoke. ’s comment was
typical of her classmates’ love for their teammates and appreciation of the
fans’ support. “Thanks for sticking with the senior class for four years,” she
Split outcome in trip to
Wrapping up the conference season, the team traveled north to face the
schools for the only time this
The trip began with a 69-58 win over conference-leading
on Feb. 26.
Apparently based on her play in recent games, Oregon
State made her first start, joining
Amber, Lili, Bonnie and Bird. Brittany
The victory was costly, though, because Karlie broke a finger on her right hand, resulting in surgery and her loss for the season.
on March 1,
Stanford lost 62-55 to complete Pac-12 play with a 13-5 conference record. Oregon
Two days later, the league’s coaches named Amber to both the All-Pac 12 squad and the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. Lili was named to the All-Pac 12 squad, too, while Bonnie was an honorable mention. Kaylee was chosen for the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
Coming next: Part 3 –Tournament time