November 26, 2015

Turnovers overturn team

Twenty-six turnovers proved costly as the Stanford women’s basketball team fell 61-58 to Santa Clara at home on Nov. 23.

Santa Clara capitalized on those turnovers to the tune of 24 points. Conversely, the Cardinal scored 8 points off Santa Clara’s 13 turnovers –- a difference of 16 points right there.

Guards were responsible for most of the turnovers, with junior Lili Thompson committing six. Junior Briana Roberson, sophomore Brittany McPhee and freshman Marta Sniezek had four each. Junior Karlie Samuelson had one.

Forwards accounted for the rest, with freshman Alanna Smith tallying three, and junior Erica “Bird” McCall and sophomore Kaylee Johnson two each.

Lili leads all scoring with 21 points

On the other hand, Lili had a game-high 21 points. Her only teammate in double figures was Bird with 12. She also had 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.

Bird goes on the defensive. (Santa Clara photo)
Ten 3-pointers accounted for just over half of the team’s points. Lili had five, while Bri and Karlie had two each and Brittany had one. The team attempted a total of 32 3’s, perhaps because Santa Clara’s zone defense limited guard penetration or passes to the posts.

Stanford led Santa Clara in rebounds, 45-43; assists, 13-9; and blocks, 7-2. Santa Clara led with 15 steals compared with Stanford’s five.

Thirteen players were available, and 10 got into the game. Junior forward Kailee Johnson was unavailable for the second straight game. Along with Brittany, the starters –- Kaylee, Bird, Lili, Bri and Karlie –- accounted for the bulk of the minutes, although Karlie was limited to 21, fewest of the starters, because of foul problems.

The first quarter was a low-scoring affair, ending in an 8-8 tie. The second quarter wasn’t much better, ending in a 22-22 tie.

Shot-clock problems delay the game

That second quarter was plagued by shot-clock problems that stopped action at the 4:06 mark. After a delay, new equipment was installed. By then it was 7:50 p.m. in a game that had started at 7 p.m.

The shot clock acted up again with slightly more than three minutes to go and again with less than three minutes to go and Stanford behind 17-19. By then the Cardinal had begun full-court pressure. The team stayed with it for the rest of the quarter, but not for the rest of the game.

The third quarter ended at 8:41 p.m. with Stanford behind 33-41. That’s when some people left.

The score got tighter in the final quarter, but not enough to pull out the win. The game ended shortly after 9 p.m., making it longer than usual.

Attendance was 2,668, including the band and a palm version of the Tree.

Uniforms, entertainment honor Native American Heritage

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the team wore turquoise uniforms with red lettering. The warmup T-shirts were white with an Indian profile in front.

According to Stanford Athletics, “turquoise represents harmony, friendship and fellowship in Native American culture.”

Nike provided the uniforms as part of its N7 program, a “longtime commitment and mission to inspire and enable 2 million Native American and Aboriginal youth in North America to participate in sport and physical activity. The N7 philosophy embraces the Native philosophy: ‘In every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations,’ ” Stanford Athletics says.

In keeping with the evening’s theme, halftime entertainment was provided by two Native American dance troupes.

The first was Calpulli Tonalehqueh, an Aztec dance and cultural diffusion group based in San Jose. The seven-member troupe included two drummers and five barefoot dancers, all wearing headdresses with long feathers.

The second was Native Boogie and Beats, a group that celebrates “the beauty and pageantry of Native American social dance and singing styles commonly viewed at Pow Wows,” according to the website for radio KTNN, which bills itself as “the voice of the Navajo Nation.”

This was a larger group with costumed male and female dancers of all ages plus singing drummers in street clothes.

Florida tournament coming next

The team will spend most of Thanksgiving week at the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament in Estero, Fla. Cardinal action starts at 10:30 a.m. PST Nov. 27 against Missouri State.

Other schools in the tournament are Dayton, Maine, Louisville, Marist, Louisiana State and Purdue. Go to to view the brackets. All times there are EST.

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