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Stanford 96, Arizona 64

Stanford 96, Arizona 64

BRIAN J. PEDERSENAP
ASSOCIATED PRESS

TUCSON, Ariz. - Cameron Brink had 25 points and 19 rebounds in 25 minutes and No. 6 Stanford dominated on the glass to beat Arizona 96-64.

It was the 60th consecutive win for the Cardinal (19-2, 8-1 Pac-12) when scoring at least 80 points including 13 this season.

Brink, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, was 8 of 12 from the field and made all eight free throws, getting her 11th double-double of the season (and 43rd of her career) early in the second quarter and sitting the final 14-plus minutes. She had 20 points and 16 rebounds in Friday’s 80-50 win at Arizona State, giving her consecutive 15-15 games for the second time this month.

Kiki Iriafen had 21 points (on 10-of-15 shooting) with nine rebounds, Hannah Jump added 15 including four 3-pointers and Jzaniya Harriel scored 14 as Stanford shot 55.6% percent and was 19 of 20 from the line. It outrebounded Arizona 49-21 but also turned it over 16 times, leading to 15 points for the Wildcats (11-10, 3-6).

Courtney Blakely had a career-high 24 points for Arizona, which had only seven available players as sophomore point guard Kailyn Gilbert sat a second straight game. The Wildcats dealt with massive foul trouble to their frontcourt all game, contributing to the rebounding disadvantage and 37.7% shooting.

Stanford led 41-23 at the half, with Brink’s 16 rebounds in the first half four more than Arizona had as a team. The Cardinal got the margin over 20 early in the third quarter, when the Wildcats’ three posts each picked up their fourth fouls, and ballooned to 71-42 after three periods.

A 16-1 run in the first quarter helped Stanford to build a 14-point lead. Arizona scored the final five points in the period and twice got within eight during the second quarter but the Cardinal ended the half on a 10-0 run.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal are a victory away from their 23rd consecutive 20-win season, which would tie them with Baylor for the second-longest active streak in women’s college basketball. Only Connecticut (30) has won at least 20 every year for a longer active stretch.

Arizona: The Wildcats dropped to 1-9 against Quadrant 1 opponents this season according to the NET rankings, the NCAA Tournament selection committee’s main sorting tool. Seven of their remaining nine games are also against Q1 foes.

Stanford athletics press release

January 28, 2024





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