After racking up a season record of 8-0, including a decisive 85-44 win at San Diego State two days earlier, the Stanford women’s basketball team came down to earth with a thud, losing 96-78 at Gonzaga on Dec. 3.
The loss knocked the Cardinal down to No. 9 from No. 3 in the Dec. 4 AP poll.
Despite shooting 56.6 percent overall, the team couldn’t match Gonzaga’s output, which had two players scoring 27 points each and three more in double figures.
Stanford also had five players in double figures with 13 each from graduate guard Hannah Jump and freshman forwards Courtney Ogden and Nunu Agara along with 10 each from senior forward Cameron Brink and junior forward Kiki Iriafen.
Illness, fouls limit Cardinal bigs
Cameron played only 11 minutes. She reportedly was feeling ill. Kiki was in foul trouble with four personals. Sixteen turnovers also hurt.
But kudos to the Tree-O, the three freshmen who contributed a total 35 points, including the nine from guard Chloe Clardy.
The team’s nine 3’s came from Courtney, who had three; Hannah and junior forward Brooke Demetre, who had two each; and Cameron and Chloe, who had one each.
Cameron tops Jeanette in career scoring
In the 85-44 victory at San Diego State on Dec. 1, Cameron piled up 25 points in just 25 minutes. She also had 12 rebounds and three blocks.
With her career total of 1,459 points as of that game, she advanced to 20th among Stanford’s all-time leading scorers. Thus she edged out director of player development Jeanette Pohlen, ’11, who had scored 1,453 points in her four years at Stanford.
Hannah had 13 points in the game, while Nunu added 11 plus seven rebounds. Limited by fouls, Kiki played only 15 minutes and had six points but a team-leading 11 rebounds.
After cold 3-point shooting in the first quarter, the team went on to post nine 3’s. Hannah and redshirt sophomore Jzaniya Harriel each had three. Cameron, Nunu and Brooke each had one.
The Cardinal dominated the Aztecs in every aspect of the game and never yielded a lead or tie.
The team now will take a break from competition to focus on academics. Finals are Dec. 11-15. Winter quarter starts Jan. 8.
In the meantime, the team hosts Portland at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and UC Davis at 1 p.m. Dec. 20 before returning from a holiday break to travel across the bay to Cal at 2 p.m. Dec. 29 and then to host Morgan State at 6 p.m. Dec. 31. The Pac-12 Network will televise the Portland and Cal games.