Rebels’ stingy defense ends Cardinal tournament run 54-49

Stanford forward Cameron Brink (22) drives to the basket against Mississippi forward Madison Scott, right during the second half of a second-round at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Sat Mar 19, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Friday, March 17, 2023

A highly successful women’s basketball season came to an end for Stanford Sunday, as the No. 1-seeded Cardinal fell to No. 8-seed Mississippi 54-49 in the second round of the Seattle 4 Region tournament in a game played at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford finished its season 29-6, while the Rebels improved to 25-8 as they advance to the Sweet 16. The loss snapped the Cardinal’s streak of 14 consecutive years reaching the regional round.

“I thought our team really battled in the second half,” Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said in the postgame media session. “We kind of dug ourselves a hole, but you know, we battled back. We tied it up and we had an opportunity to win the game.

“I think Mississippi is a very experienced and very determined team. They made plays down the stretch that we didn’t make.”

Cameron Brink missed the Cardinal’s NCAA tournament opener against Sacred Heart with what was described as “a non-COVID-19 illness.” She played 34 minutes, scoring a team-high 20 points along with 13 rebounds, seven blocks and two steals. Brink also hit 10-of-10 free throws.

“I think I just – I felt sick,” Brink said. “I think I’m still getting back to my normal self but I definitely got a little winded throughout the game, but I tried my best.”

Senior Haley Jones had 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals in her final game for Stanford.

“I think Ole Miss is a great defensive team,” Jones said. “And we heard them say that they prided themselves on their defense. They packed it in their suitcase, and they were going to come in and execute that plan. I think they did a great job.

“They (Mississippi) were contesting shots in a great way. But we missed a lot of shots that we usually make, which is disappointing.”

Angel Baker was the top scorer for Ole Miss with 13 points, followed by Marquesha Davis with 12 and Madison Scott with 11. Davis had four of the Rebels’ nine steals, and Rita Igbokwe grabbed eight rebounds in 17 minutes.

The Rebels, who led 29-20 at halftime, never trailed and scored 24 points off 21 Stanford turnovers. After Mississippi built a 49-41 lead with 5:47 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Cardinal used an 8-0 run, capped by two Brink free throws, to tie the game at 49-49 with 1:15 left.

Scott sank a pair of free throws with 18 seconds remaining to put the Rebels back in front at 51-49. Three seconds later, after Jones turned the b ball over, Davis hit two free throws to increase the Ole Miss lead to 53-49. Myah Taylor stole the ball from Jones with 15 seconds remaining and sank 1 of 2 foul shots.

Mississippi will face 4-seed Texas or 5-seed Louisville in the regional in Seattle on Friday. The Longhorns and Cardinals play on Monday.

No, 8 Arizona sends Cardinal packing from Pac-12 tournament with 95-84 win

Arizona Wildcats Cedric Henderson (45) drives on the Stanford Cardinal at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at the Pac 12 Tournament on Thu Mar 9, 2023 (USA Today photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Second-seed Arizona had its hands full with stubborn Stanford, but in the end, the No.8-ranked Wildcats held on and eliminated the Cardinal 95-84 Thursday in the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament quarterfinals at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The win avenged the Cardinal’s 88-79 victory over U of A on Feb. 11.

Oumar Ballo led the Wildcats (26-6) with 24 points, followed by Cedric Henderson Jr. with 23, Azuolas Tubelis with 20 and Courtney Ramey with 15. Tubelis also had eight rebounds and four assists, Plle Larsson had seven rebounds and five assists, and Ballo grabbed six boards. Henderson added three assists and three steals.

Spencer Jones topped the Cardinal (14-19) with 22 points and six rebounds, Brandon Angel was next with 19 points and seven rebounds, Michael Jones had 13 points and Harrison Ingram added 12 points and five assists. Michael O’Connell had eight points, two steals and four assists.

Stanford connected on 14 of 29 from 3-point range with Spencer Jones, Michael Jones and Angel each hitting three from behind the arc.

The Wildcats led 47-43 at the half. Stanford took a 57-56 lead four minutes into the second half on a O’Connell 3 and extended that lead to 59-56 on an Ingram jumper. Arizona responded with a layup by Ballo and surged ahead 62-61 on a short jumper by Tubelis at 14:26.

Arizona used a six-point run to pull away 68-63. The Wildcats’ biggest lead was 95-81 with 34 seconds to play.

The Wildcats move on the tournament semifinals.

Cardinal upend Utah 73-62 in opening round of Pac-12 tournament

Stanford guard Michael O’Connell (5) shoots against Utah during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Wednesday, March 8, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

By Daniel Dullum
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Stanford built an early lead and maintained it until the final horn on Wednesday, as the 10th-seeded Cardinal upended 7th-seed Utah 73-62 in the opening round of the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The Cardinal (14-18) had four players in double-figures, led by Brandon Angel with 16 points, followed by Harrison Ingram with 15, and 12 points each by Spencer Jones and Maxime Raynaud. Jones and Michael O’Connell each had four assists; Angel and Raynaud pulled down 12 and nine rebounds, respectively.

Branden Carlson scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Utes (17-15). Gabe Madsen was next with 13 points, followed by Lazar Stefanovic with 10. Carlson grabbed 10 rebounds and Rollie Worster had eight boards as Utah outrebounded the Cardinal 40-38.

Stanford, however, had a 38-24 advantage in points in the paint while handing the Utes their fifth straight defeat.

The Cardinal led 34-27 at halftime. Utah pulled to within 58-48 on a Stefanovic 3-pointer with six minutes left in the second half. Jones responded with a 3 for the Cardinal. A basket by Carlson closed Utah’s deficit to 70-60 at 1:20, but Angel sank a pair of free throws and Ingram hit one of two at the line.

Stanford faces No. 8 Arizona in Thursday’s quarterfinal round. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: How Stanford will shake off last two loses going into March Madness

Cameron Brink (22) center Stanford Cardinal skilled at the block shot but it just wasn’t enough against the UCLA Bruins at the Pac 12 Tournament on Sun Mar 5, 2023 at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, when you look at the Stanford women’s last two loses out of their last three games to Utah and UCLA how much do you define that as ending their season in a negative way or it was just a learning experience and they’ll get em in March Madness.

#2 Do you believe that losing the last two games out of three actually makes the Cardinal sit up and pay attention of some of the things they need to work on before the big dance.

#3 In the Pac 12 Tournament this will be the first time in years that the Cardinal will not go in as a contender a finalist as it were. Does that play on the Cardinal psyche going into the rest of March.

#4 After two loses like that do you see Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer making adjustments, some changes before they get into their next game?

#5 Talk about a few of the key players that had made a big difference going into the big dance this month and how they’ll be an impact Hannah Jump, Haley Jones and Cameron Brink?

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Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal just couldn’t come up with ball in second half against UCLA

Stanford guard Haley Jones, center, moves the ball around UCLA forward Gabriela Jaquez (23) during the first half at the womens Pac 12 Tournament at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas on Fri Mar 3, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 The 19th ranked UCLA Bruins pulled off an upset defeating the Stanford Cardinal on Friday night at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas 69-65 getting eliminated in from the tournament.

#3 The Bruins made a comeback on the Cardinal in second half play scoring 18 points in the third quarter and 29 in the fourth quarter to over come a 35-22 first half deficit.

#4 Kiki Rice led the way for the Bruins with 22 points, five rebounds, five assists, and made 12 of 13 free throws. Emily Bessoir was next with 14 points and six rebounds, Charisma Osborne had 12 points.

#5 The Cardinal had faced a number of upsets against USC, Washington, Utah, and UCLA in Pac 12 conference play. How surprising were these loses to coach Tara VanDerveer and the UCLA loss in particular?

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No. 6 Cardinal women defeat Oregon 76-63 in Pac-12 quarterfinals

Stanford forward Cameron Brink, left, grabs a rebound next to Oregon center Phillipina Kyei during the second half at the Pac 12 Tournament in Las Vegas on Thu Mar 2, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Thursday, March 2, 2023

Cameron Brink enjoyed another big night for Stanford Thursday, leading the No. 6 Cardinal past Oregon 76-63 in the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament quarterfinals in Las Vegas.

Brink, a junior center, scored 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season. Hannah Jump was next for Stanford (28-4) with 13 points, Talana Lepolo scored 10 points, and Haley Jones had eight points along with eight assists and 13 rebounds.

The Cardinal dominated the boards, outrebounding Oregon 56-39. Stanford converted 21 offensive rebounds into 21 second-chance points.

Te-Hina Paopao netted a career-high 28 points for Oregon (17-14), including a tournament record-tying seven 3-pointers. Endyia Rogers added 15 points for the Ducks, who hit 29.4 percent of their field goals (20 of 68).

The Cardinal opened the game with an 11-2 run, including 7-of-7 free throws. Brink had eight of Stanford’s 21 points in the second quarter, as the Cardinal built a 37-24 halftime lead. Oregon rallied to start the second half, but the Cardinal used a 7-0 run to close the period.

Stanford will face UCLA in the semifinals on Friday.

Stanford Teaches Washington New Tricks on Senior Day, 81-69

Stanford forward Spencer Jones (14) shoots over Washington guard Jamal Bey (5) during the first half at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Sun Feb 26, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Michael Roberson

STANFORD, Calif. — The Stanford Cardinal (12-16, 6-12 Pac-12) gave their four seniors a great sendoff, as they controlled the Washington Huskies (16-14, 8-11 Pac-12) 81-69, in Maples Pavilion.

Senior forward Spencer Jones wasted no time trying to make his last game on the Farm a memorable one, with his early attack (16 points) of the dogs from the Evergreen State.

During the first 20 minutes of play, the Cardinal led the entire half, aided by an 8-0 run and a margin as wide as 12 points, which was the advantage at recess, 38-26.

Jones topped all players with his tally, while Huskies’ senior forward Keion Brooks Jr. offered his squad 10 points.

The second portion of the contest Stanford extended the lead as high as 20 points, with Washington trying to chip away at the deficit throughout the game.

The Cardinal managed to hold on to the advantage and win by the same margin (12) as they had at the midway point, 81-69. They also shot an impressive 50% from 3pt. range (12-24), which explained their dominance over the visitors from the Great Northwest.

Several non-graduating players joined Jones (21) in double-figure scoring: Sophomore forward Maxime Raynaud (15), junior forward Brandon Angel (14), sophomore forward Harrison Ingram (11) and graduate transfer Michael Jones (10), who has another year of eligibility, despite being senior.

Stanford will play next in Corvallis Thursday, March 2 to take on Oregon State, while Washington hosts Washington State on the same date.

No. 8 Utes upend No. 3 Stanford 84-78, claim share of Pac-12 women’s crown

All the Stanford Cardinal bench can do is just watch as Utah guard Gianna Kneepkens (5) reacts to making a 3-point shot against Stanford in the first half Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, in Salt Lake City. (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Utah earned a share of the Pac-12 women’s basketball regular season championship on Saturday, as the No. 8 Utes upended No. 3 Stanford 84-78 before 9,611 at Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.

Gianna Kneepkens scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Utes (25-3 overall, 15-3 Pac-12) to their first regular season conference title, only two seasons removed from winning five total games. Alissa Pili was next for Utah with 14 points, and Kennedy McQueen had 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and six steals.

Hannah Jump scored 24 points for Stanford (27-4 overall, 15-3 Pac-12), followed by Cameron Brink with 14 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four blocks, and Haley Jones with nine points and eight rebounds.

Utah led 40-34 at halftime and made 5 of 7 shots to open the third quarter, building a 52-40 lead on back-to-back field goals by Kneepkens and Issy Palmer. The Utes led the entire second half, although Stanford pulled to within 73-72 after Brink and Jones each scored two baskets. Utah responded with a 3-pointer by Kneepkens to keep the Cardinal from getting any closer.

Utah forced three straight turnovers in the final minute to lock down the win. The Utes scored 26 points off of 21 Stanford turnovers. The Cardinal held a 37-23 rebounding edge.

Stanford and Utah each have a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament this week in Las Vegas.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Daniel Dullum: It was a fight to the end in double OT win for Stanford

Colorado guard Jaylyn Sherrod, top, fights for control of the ball with Stanford forward Kiki Iriafen in the first half at CU Events Center in Boulder Col on Thu Feb 23, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Daniel:

#1 The No.3 Stanford Cardinal wbb (27-3) defeated the No.21 Colorado Buffaloes (21-7) at CU Events Center in Boulder 73-62 on Thursday night to clinch the Pac 12 title.

#2 The Cardinal have had a lot of success on the floor and when the Buffaloes pushed this one into overtime the Cardinal resisted defeat and got nine point double overtime win. Talk about that hard earned effort in the two overtimes.

#3 Daniel to the leaderboard the Cardinal got offensive scoring help from Haley Jones who led with 23 points she was crucial on offense to help the Cardinal get the overtime victory.

#4 The Buffalo defense double teamed and kept Cameron Brink off her game Brink scored only eight points but she enjoyed the victory.

#5 The Cardinal close out the regular season Saturday night in Utah against the Utah Utes (25-3) the Utes have a similar record and this could be one of Stanford toughest conference games this season.

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No. 3 Cardinal women clinch Pac-12 title with 73-62 double OT win over Buffs

Stanford guard Haley Jones, right, drives to the basket as Colorado guard Tayanna Jones, center, and center Aaronette Vonleh defend in the first half at CU Events Center in Boulder Col on Thu Feb 23, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Thursday, February 23, 2023

It took two overtimes in the high altitude to do it, but No. 3 Stanford held off No. 21 Colorado 73-62 Thursday to claim the Pac-12 women’s basketball regular season championship.

Haley Jones scored 13 of her 23 points in the two overtime periods while pulling down 11 rebounds and dishing out seven assists for the Cardinal (27-3 overall, 15-2 Pac-12). Lauren Betts hit 1 of 2 free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining in the second half and finished with 14 points. Hannah Jump also scored 14 points, and Cameron Brink fouled out in OT after being held to eight points, six boards and four blocks.

Stanford outscored the Buffaloes 13-2 in the second overtime period, It was the first double-overtime game for the Cardinal since 2017.

Jaylyn Sherrod led Colorado (21-7 overall, 12-5 Pac-12) with 19 points; she hit the game-tying basket with 30 seconds left in regulation, Sherrod left the game briefly in the fourth quarter, but returned. Buffaloes center Quay Miller added 17 points. Stanford held a 53-42 rebounding edge,

The Buffaloes trailed by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter while getting by without their third leading scorer, Frida Formann, who was out of the lineup due to illness.

Stanford missed its first 15 shots and trailed by as many as 14 points early. Brooke Demetre hit a 3-pointer for the Cardinal’s first basket at 12 seconds of the first quarter. Colorado held a 13-5 lead after one period, but the Cardinal outscored CU 20-8 in the third quarter.

The Cardinal close out the regular season Saturday at No. 8 Utah.