February 11, 2019

Cardinal can't quack the Ducks

Tara urges her team, but it still loses  to Oregon by 40 points.

The women’s basketball team suffered the worst point loss in head coach Tara VanDerveer’s 33 seasons at Stanford when Oregon won 88-48 on Feb. 10 at Maples.

Playing before a crowd of 5,250, which included a contingent of Ducks fans, the team had little to brag about as its streak of 22 home game victories ended.

Ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press poll at the time, Oregon topped No. 11 Stanford in nearly every statistical category, especially shooting.

Oregon outshoots Stanford

While the Ducks were scoring at a 57.1 percent rate, the Cardinal managed only 31.7 percent. The disparity was especially glaring on threes, with Oregon making 12 of 16, or 75 percent, while Stanford managed only five of 22, or 22.7 percent.

Lexie tries to power her way through a double team.
Stanford’s threes came from freshman forward Lexie Hull with two, while sophomore guard Kiana Williams, sophomore forward Alyssa Jerome and freshman guard Jenna Brown each had one.

Oregon had four players in double figures, while only junior guard DiJonai Carrington reached that range with 13.

Oregon had more rebounds and more assists and one less turnover.

Stanford has more blocks

The biggest bright spot for Stanford was blocks, eight to Oregon’s one. Senior forward Alanna Smith had three, sophomore forward Maya Dodson two, and DiJonai, Kiana and Alyssa one each. 

In addition, Stanford had eight fouls, Stanford 13.

Because it was Breast Cancer Awareness Day, fans received pink T-shirts. Four cancer survivors were honored during a first-quarter break.

Twins’ dad wears pink tutu

Following a tradition that began with the father of Jayne Appel, ’10, and continued with a Stanford dad each year after that, Jason Hull, the father of Lexie and her twin sister, Lacie, also a forward, wore a pink tutu. He’s a fraternal twin, according to ESPNW.

The players’ white home uniforms were accented with pink.

Another bright spot was the national anthem sung by the Peninsula Girls Chorus. Several student choruses have sung the anthem (as written) for appreciative fans.

Yet another bright spot came during the half when ESPNW announcer Holly Rowe presented ESPNW Player of the Year Awards to Catarina Macario from the women’s soccer team and Kathryn Plummer from the national champion women’s volleyball team. Both will be back next year.

As for the game, the Ducks led 20-11 after the first quarter, 44-20 at the half and 66-36 after the third quarter. At that point, some people began leaving.

After the game gets out of hand, starters can only watch from the bench.
With game out of hand, starters go to bench

With about three minutes to go and Oregon up 83-48, the starters were on the bench and all available players had seen action.

There’s no way to sugarcoat a 40-point loss, but as one fan said afterward, at least “we kept them under 100.”

The loss dropped Stanford to No. 3 in the Pac 12 behind No. 1 Oregon and No. 2 Oregon State, but the win over OSU two days earlier moved it up a notch to No. 10 in the Feb. 11 AP poll.

Stanford fans can hope for better game results the following weekend when the team travels south to take on UCLA at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 and USC at noon Feb. 17. Both will be televised by Pac 12 Networks.

Photos by Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle