By Joe Lami
Stanford (24-2,13-1) returned to action just two days after one of their most impressive performances of the season, defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils 61-35. On Sunday, the sixth ranked Cardinal played host to the struggling Arizona Wildcats (5-20, 1-13). Stanford defeated Arizona 74-48.
Arizona was coming into the contest with just five wins on the season, with a record of 5-19. Only one of those wins has come in Pac-12 play. The Wildcats started the game strong as they got the first bucket of the afternoon. They would be able to keep up with the Cardinal for the first 5:30 of the game. The game was tied at 11-11 before the Cardinal would take over. Stanford would go on a ten minute 24-4 run before Arizona would hit their next field goal. Arizona was only able to mustard up another field goal and two free throws to end the half. Stanford was on top at the half by the score of 48-19.
Stanford would cruise to victory in the second half. Arizona outscored the Cardinal in the second half 29-26. However, Stanford played their reserves for most of the second half. Chiney Ogwumike, who plays as much time as possible, only saw 22 minutes in the win, being her season low on minutes played this season. The starter who saw the most minutes played was Amber Orrange, and she capped out at 24 minutes.
Bonnie Samuelson led the Cardinal in scoring with 17 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc. Ogwumike finished with 15 points. Lili Thompson and Orrange both had nine points in the game. Orrange also had an astonishing nine assists.
Only six Wildcats played for Arizona. Candice Warthen, Kama Griffitts and Keyahndra Cannon all played 40 minutes. LaBrittney Jones led the team in scoring with 11 points. She was the only Wildcat to get into double digits in scoring.
The Cardinal will finish off the road portion of their schedule next weekend as they travel to Los Angeles to take on USC on Friday and UCLA on Sunday.