November 8, 2018

Finishing with a flourish

The Hull twins, freshman forwards Lacie (24) and Lexie (12), greet sophomore forward Alyssa Jerome.

Although it wasn’t always pretty when AP’s No. 7 Stanford women’s basketball team defeated UC Davis 71-43 in its season opener Nov. 7 in Maples, the Cardinal showed flashes of good times to come.

And as head coach Tara VanDerveer says, it’s not how you start the season, it’s how you finish.

This was true in even in this game. The score was 17-14 after the first quarter, 36-24 after the second, 57-34 after the third and 71-43 after the fourth.

Abundant boards

The finish also yielded some impressive numbers beyond the final score, starting with rebounds, where the home team had a 50-25 advantage. Assists also were in the plus column, with 10 by Stanford and six by Davis.

The Cardinal shot a respectable but not great 42.6 percent, compared with 22.6 by the Aggies, in part due to tough defense. Shooting from the free-throw line was 72.2 percent by Stanford vs. 53.8 percent by Davis.

Davis shot 25.8 percent beyond the arc with eight three’s, while Stanford shot 25 percent with six. Sophomore guard Kiana Williams chipped in three, while senior forward Alanna Smith, senior guard Alexa Romano and freshman forward Lexie Hull had one each.

Moreover, Stanford racked up too many turnovers, 21 to the Aggies’ 19. Many of those turnovers came on errant passes.

Steals were close, 13 by Davis, 12 by Stanford (four by Lexie); as were fouls, 18 by Stanford, 17 by Davis.

Alanna, Nadia, DiJonai, Kiana, Lexie get the start

The starting lineup was the same as in the exhibition game against Vanguard, with Alanna, Kiana, Lexie, junior forward Nadia Fingall and junior guard DiJonai Carrington.

Sophomore forward Maya Dodson was first off the bench, followed by freshman guard Jenna Brown, freshman forward Lacie Hull and sophomore forward Alyssa Jerome, all in the first quarter.

All 14 available players got into the game by the time the final buzzer sounded. Four players were in double figures, led by Alanna with 16 even though she had four fouls, limiting her floor time to 15 minutes.

Injury sidelines Kiana in second half

Kiana followed with 14 points even though she missed the second half after a nasty fall and appeared to hit her face late in the second quarter. 

Playing the point, Kiana orchestrates the offense.
She stayed in action until the halftime break but didn’t emerge from the locker room until about four minutes into the third quarter. There was no official word on her injury.

Next came Lexie with 11 points to go with 11 rebounds for the team’s only double-double. Maya pitched in 10 points and led the team with three decisive blocks.

The band, Tree and Dollies were all there to support the team, but not the cheerleaders. Attendance was reported as 2,471.

Senior forward Shannon Coffee, Alanna and Nadia sport their new Stanford socks.
Socks for socks

Game-goers who donated a new pair of socks for the homeless received a spiffy pair of red Stanford socks in exchange.

The yearbook, on sale at Roscoe’s Corner at the northwest entrance, costs $10 and covers both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Timeouts featured one old favorite and a new one. The old favorite was Copy the Cardinal, in which a fan tried to duplicate a player’s video feat. In this case, sophomore forward Estella Moschkau made two free throws while seated at the line.

The new one was Cardinal Category. This time a fan and Estella were each asked to name as many sights at a zoo as possible in 15 seconds. It was a draw with nine apiece.

Stanford has three more games at home -- Idaho at 2 p.m. Nov. 11, San Francisco at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and Ohio State at 1 p.m. Nov. 18 -- before going to Hawaii for a three-game tournament the weekend after Thanksgiving.

The Idaho game will feature a post-game Behind the Bench. The Ohio State game will be televised by the Pac 12 Network.

Photos by Stanford Athletics