No. 2 Cardinal women rout WSU 71-38

Washington State center Lauren Glazier, bottom, and Stanford center Lauren Betts, top, go after a rebound during the second half in Pullman on Fri Feb 3, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Friday, February 3, 2023

No. 2 Stanford traveled to Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash., Friday and routed Washington State 71-38 in Pac-12 women’s basketball behind Haley Jones and Cameron Brink spearheading a complete team effort.

Jones scored 13 points and had nine rebounds for the Cardinal (22-2 overall, 10-1 Pac-12), while Brink had 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 16 minutes. The Stanford bench scored 37 points as 15 players saw action; Lauren Betts scored 10 points and Elena Bosgana had eight.

Charlisse Leger-Walker led WSU with eight points and six rebounds. Bella Murekatete was next with seven points. The Cardinal defense held the Cougars to 14 of 56 field goal shooting and forced 17 turnovers while holding Washington State to its season low in points.

The Cardinal, who had a 41-32 rebounding advantage, jumped to a 15-3 lead after one quarter, building a 36-18 halftime advantage. Stanford shot 50 percent from the field (29 of 58), hitting 7 of 18 3-pointers.

Stanford is 72-0 in the series against the Cougars (15-7 overall, 5-6 Pac-12).

The Cardinal travel to Seattle on Sunday to face Washington.

Cardinal men win fifth straight, topple Utes 78-72

Stanford forward Harrison Ingram, left, and Utah guard Lazar Stefanovic, right, battle for the ball during the second half in Salt Lake City on Thu Feb 2, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Thursday, February 2, 2023

Stanford received 22 points from Spencer Jones, Michael Jones scored 15 points off the bench, and the Cardinal extended their men’s basketball winning streak to five with a 78-72 victory over Utah Thursday in Salt Lake City.

Brandon Angel and Michael O’Connell scored 11 points apiece for the Cardinal (10-12 overall, 4-7 Pac-12). O’Connell’s 11 points were a season-best to go along with seven rebounds. Harrison Ingram contributed six assists and made a pair of free throws in the closing minutes to help secure the win. Maxime Raynaud grabbed eight rebounds.

The Cardinal have won four straight conference decisions, with a non-conference win over Chicago State in the middle of their current streak. Stanford made 10 of 18 3-pointers, their best conference shooting effort from behind the arc this season.

Stanford never trailed in the game. They outrebounded the Utes 36-33 and held a 24-20 scoring advantage in the lane.

Utah (15-9 overall, 8-5 Pac-12) tied the game on Marco Anthony’s layup with 6:39 left in the first half. The Cardinal responded with a 22-7 run to build a 46-31 halftime lead.

The Utes battled back, cutting their deficit to 57-54 with 11:55 to play in the second half, but never got closer.

Lazar Stefanovic led Utah with 26 points while hitting 6 of 14 3-pointers. Branden Carlson was next for the Utes with 17 points and seven boards, followed by Rollie Worster with 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds..

Stanford’s road trip through the Rockies continues on Sunday, when they play Colorado.

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Cal hoping to get their offense up and running in Colorado tonight

Cal Bears small forward Sam Alajiki (24) gets a leg up against the Oregon Ducks on Wed Jan 18, 2023 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Alajiki led Cal in scoring with 13 points against the Stanford Cardinal in their last game on Sat Jan 28th at Maples Pavilion at Stanford (KLC fotos)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 The last game was not quite the result that Cal Bears (3-18) head coach Mark Fox was looking for in a loss to the Stanford Cardinal (9-12) in Cal’s last game on Sat Jan 28th at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto 75-46. Fox was sure concerned about the defense that night.

#2 Only two Cardinal had double digits Maxime Raynaud (15 pts) and Ingram Harrison (14 pts) the Bears couldn’t stop Stanford’s offense in either the first or second half.

#3 Michael, talk about Sam Alajiki who was the only Cal player to finish in double figures with 13 but Cal didn’t get much help on offense the whole night.

#4 Devon Askew who had missed who had missed a good number of games for Cal didn’t play against the Cardinal how big was his absence for the Cal offense last Saturday?

#5 The Bears take on the Colorado Buffaloes tonight in Colorado the Buffaloes (12-13) have been having problems of their own they have lost seven of their last nine games they have the home floor and Cal has lost five straight what your take in this game?

Michael Duca does the Cal Bears podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Cal Swimming coach canned for humiliating student athletes; Ex-wife wishes Brady lots of luck on retirement; plus much more

Ex-Cal Bears swimming head coach Teri McKeever was fired on Tue Jan 31, 2023 for verbal abuse of her student athletes according to a law firm that was filed as a class action against McKeever involving some 15 swimmers (AP News file)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong:

#1 Cal Bears swimming coach Teri McKeever was one of the top Pac 12 coaches but was fired on Tuesday for a report from the law firm of Munger, Tolles, & Olson saying McKeever “yelled personal insults and epithets” and used belittling language at her student athletes.

#2 Former Tom Brady wife Gisele Bundchen wishes her ex-husband nothing but good luck in his retirement from professional football after 23 years in the game. Bundchen said the two grew apart and that while ending the 13 year marriage to Brady was never easy she said she felt blessed for the time she had with Brady. Brady in his announcement to retire thanked the family, teammates, fans, friends, coaches, football and said he loved them all.

#3 Jessica, Stanford Cardinal women (21-2) are on a four game win streak and are ranked No.2 and are coming off a 62-53 win over the Oregon Ducks. Cameron Brink was unstoppable in the victory with a triple-double and ten blocked shots.

#4 Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Josh Sills has been accused of rape and faces a court indictment in the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court. Sills is accused of one count of kidnapping and one count of rape, that the acts were non consensual and that Sills held the woman against her will in December 2019. Jessica, Sills will have a lot of explaining to do about these charges and also how does this impact the Eagles as they prepare for the Super Bowl?

#5 Jessica, Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles looks like this could be a close match up. Taking a look at the numbers from the last game for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throwing 29 completions out of 43 passes for 326 yards, and two touchdowns and for the Eagles Jalen Hurts 15-25 for 121 yards, no touchdowns but Hurts had his running backs do all the scoring with four touchdowns,

Join Jessica for Headline Sports every other Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford gets 8 point win against Oregon 62-54; Brink’s triple-double lifts No. 3 Cardinal past Oregon

Stanford forward Cameron Brink, front left, defends against Oregon center Phillipina Kyei (15) during the first half at Maple Pavilion in Palo Alto on Sun Jan 29, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Junior center Cameron Brink registered a notable triple-double while leading No. 3 Stanford Cardinal (21-2) to a 62-54 Pac-12 women’s basketball victory over Oregon Sunday before 5,133 at Maples Pavilion.

The 6-foot-4 Brink accomplished the first triple-double in program history that included blocked shots. She finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high ten blocks. It was also the first triple-double in NCAA Division I women’s basketball featuring blocked shots since Tamari Key did it for Tennessee against Texas on Nov. 21, 2021.

The Cardinal (21-2 overall, 9-1 Pac-12) won their 21st straight conference game at home. Hannah Jump was next in scoring for Stanford with 14 points, and Haley Jones added eight points, 16 rebounds and four assists. Brooke Demetre scored nine points, and Talana Lepolo had six assists.

Phillipina Keyi led the Ducks (15-7, 5-5) with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Chance Gray was next for Oregon with 12 points, followed by Grace Vanslooten with 11.

Oregon came into the game averaging 79.9 points, but was plagued by cold shooting. The Ducks missed 13 of their first 15 shots and didn’t make a basket over the final 5:35 of the first quarter. Oregon had a stretch of missing 17 straight shots in the first half and wound up hitting only 25 percent from the field.

The Cardinal had a 46-37 lead after three quarters and used a 7-2 run to pull away in the fourth quarter.

Stanford’s next game is on Friday at Washington State.

Stanford Forcibly Puts California into Hibernation, Splitting the Battle of the Bay, 75-46; Fourth win in a row for Cardinal

Stanford head coach Jerod Haase seen here on Feb 19, 2022 coaching against he Colorado Buffaloes. Haase led the Cardinal to their fourth straight win in front of the bench on Sat Jan 28, 2023 at Maples Pavilion against the Cal Bears (AP News file photo)

By Michael Roberson

STANFORD, Calif. — The Stanford Cardinal (7-12, 3-7 Pac-12) avenged their blowout loss in Berkeley by violently de-clawing the California Golden Bears (3-18, 2-8 Pac-12) on the Farm, 75-46.

Both Bay Area teams battled the first 20 minutes; however, the homestanding Tree (Stanford) took charge in the latter part of the half with a 12-0 run and led by as much as 13 points.

California tried to scratch into the deficit, but still trailed by 11 at recess, 31-20.

Neither team presented a player with double-digit scoring, but Stanford’s sophomore forward Maxime Raynaud offered 9 points and 8 rebounds and Cal’s senior guard DeJuan Clayton gave his squad six points.

Midway through the second half, the Cardinal opened up a can of Whoop ***, widening their advantage to 26 points.  The onslaught got even worse after that for the Golden Bears, as their host continued the beatdown.

Stanford Branched the lead to a TREEmendous 37 points within the last three minutes of the game, but settled for a 29-point victory, 75-46.

The Cardinal put forth two players with double figure scoring.  The aforementioned Maxime Raynaud ended up with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals, while sophomore forward Harrison Ingram tallied 14 points, but gifted the Maples’ faithful and others with a thunderous facial jam over Cal’s ND Okafor.

The Golden Bears only had one player exceed the ten-point plateau.  Sophomore forward Sam Alajiki actually possessed double-figure points (13) and rebounds (11).

Stanford travels to Salt Lake City Thursday, February 2 (Groundhog’s Day) to take on the Utah Utes, while California treks to the Centennial State to invade the Colorado Buffaloes on the same date.

No. 3 Cardinal women hold off OSU 63-60

Stanford forward Cameron Brink (22) reacts after Haley Jones, left, made a 3-point shot against Oregon State during the second half at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Fri Jan 27, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Friday, January 27, 2023

Cameron Brink and Haley Jones led Stanford at both ends of the floor Friday, as the No. 3 ranked Cardinal held off Oregon State 63-60 in women’s basketball at Maples Pavilion.

Brink scored 21 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked six shots for the Cardinal (20-2 overall, 8-1 Pac-12), while Jones was next with 17 points, eight boards and a block.

Timea Gardiner was the top scorer for Oregon State (11`-9 overall, 3-6 Pac-12) with 16 points, hitting 7 of 11 field goal attempts, including 2 of 3 behind the arc. Bendu Yeaney added 15 points to go with five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Brink’s layup broke a 58-58 tie with 3:28 left in the fourth quarter, giving Stanford the lead. But Bendu Yeaney’s jumper in the lane tied the game again for OSU at 60-60.

Jones sank a pair of free throws at 1:02 of the fourth, and hit 1 of 2 foul shots at :23 to give the Cardinal a 63-60 lead. The Beavers’ Noelle Mannen missed a 3-pointer with seven seconds left, and after a Stanford foul on the rebound, Talana Lepolo stole the ball from Mannen with two seconds remaining.

Stanford held a 39-31 rebounding edge. The Cardinal was 22 of 54 from the field (41 percent), including 4 of 16 from 3-point range. OSU also shot 41 percent (25 of 61), while hitting 8 of 19 3’s. The Beavers were 2 of 2 on free throws, while Stanford was 15 of 18.

The Cardinal host Oregon at 1 p.m., Sunday, at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Michael Roberson: Women host OSU Friday; Men defeat Chicago State Wed night 72-65

Stanford Cardinal forward Cameron Brink (22) is fired up against the Colorado Buffaloes at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Sun Jan 22, 2023 (photo grab from Stanford Cardinal)

On the 49ers podcast with Michael R:

#1 No. 24 Colorado attempted 66 shots in Sunday’s women’s basketball game against Stanford. The No. 4 Cardinal blocked a school-record 14 of them on their way to a 62-49 Pac-12 win at Maples Pavilion.

#2 With the win, Stanford (19-2 overall, 7-1 Pac-12) took over sole possession of first place in the conference. Along with a dominating defensive effort, the Cardinal also hit 17 of 22 free throws and scored 19 points off turnovers.

#3 Cameron Brink had six of those blocked shots to go with 14 points and five rebounds. Hannah Jump led the Cardinal with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Haley Jones had 11 points, three assists and a game-high 18 rebounds.

#4 The Stanford Cardinal men (7-12, 2-7 Pac-12) roasted the Oregon Ducks (11-9, 5-4 Pac-12) last Saturday inside the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion, 71-64.

#5 Stanford men won Wednesday January 25 in a non conference game versus the Chicago State Cougars also the men battle the Cal Bears on Saturday night at Maples. The No.4 women host the Oregon State Beavers Friday all at Maples Pavilion.

Join Michael Roberson for the Stanford Cardinal podcasts Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Domesticates Chicago State Inside Cozy Maples Pavilion, 72-65

Stanford Cardinal forward Spencer Jones (14) led the Cardinal in scoring 21 points against the Chicago State Cougars at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto (photo from Stanford Cardinal)

By Michael Roberson

PALO ALTO–The Stanford Cardinal (8-12, 2-7 Pac-12) managed to tame the Chicago State Cougars (5-17) late on the Farm with a courageous comeback victory, 72-65.

Stanford opened the game with the first basket being converted on a jumper by sophomore forward Maxime Raynaud. The two point lead was the largest the Cardinal was able to accomplish in the first 20 minutes of play, despite their 6-0 run.

Chicago State on the other hand also had a 6-0 run, but parlayed that to a lead as large as 10 points. They kept their margin at the halftime buzzer, 41-34.

Senior forward Spencer Jones topped the Cardinal in scoring (12) with four 3-pointers, and Raynaud added 10 points.

Chicago State also had two players reach double figures, as well as bombing three treys apiece. Sophomore guard Wesley Cardet Jr. (19) was perfect from beyond the arc, and senior guard Elijah Weaver (11) only missed one shot from downtown.

The second stanza presented the cats from the Windy City increasing the lead to 12, but the sturdy tree of Palo Alto did not give up on the contest.

Stanford fought back and tied the game (54) at just under the 9-minute mark. Less than two minutes later, the Cardinal regained their two-point margin.

The Cardinal was able to build on that advantage with the assistance of sophomore forward Harrison Ingram’s two clutch shots putting his squad up by 4 points with a little over four minutes left in regulation, then 6 with 1:03 left in the game.

The winning margin was eventually seven, and the Cardinal was able to survive a scare from the tenacious team from the City of Broad Shoulders.

Four players offered double-digit scoring for Stanford: Spencer Jones (21) hit 6 threes, Maxime Raynaud (17) grabbed 13 rebounds, Harrison Ingram (15) also secured 7 rebounds, and junior guard Michael O’Connell (10).

Chicago State represented that plateau with three players. Wesley Cardet Jr. (31) was perfect from the 3pt. arc and free throw line, Elijah Weaver (13), and sophomore guard Jahsean Corbett (13).

Stanford is next in action Saturday, January 28, hosting California for part two of the Battle of the Bay, while CSU returns back home to Chicago and faces nearby Aurora University on the same date.

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Cal in rematch with Stanford Saturday at Maples Pavilion

While the Cal Bears are relieved to have guard Devin Askew (55) back in the line up on Sun Jan 22, 2023 seen here against the Oregon State Beavers they took a 20 points loss. Askew had been out of the line up since Dec 29, 2022 missing five games (photo by KLC fotos)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 Porous defense, non-existent shooting, and inattention to detail the Cal Bears (3-17) were guilty across the board on Sunday afternoon in a 20 point 68-48 loss at Cal to the Oregon State Beavers (8-12). Also how important was it to get guard Devin Askew back in the line up.

#2 Coach Mark Fox admitted his team missed the directive regarding an early shot at the end of the first half. That allowed Oregon State to cap a 13-0 run ending the first half with Jordan Pope’s jumper as time expired. And the defense as a whole?

#3 In the second half, the Bears had more turnovers (11) than made baskets (6). In an unsightly first 20 minutes, the Bears started 3 of 17 and finished 4 of 23 after a scoreless stretch across their final, six possessions.

#4 Add it all up, and Cal may have squandered its best remaining opportunity for a win this season. The visiting Beavers ended a six-game losing streak–and an 18-game road skid.

#5 The Bears will head back to the drawing board again as they tip off against the Stanford Cardinal (7-12) this Saturday. The last time these two clubs met the Bears had won three of their last four games when defeated Stanford 92-70 in Berkeley on Jan 6th.

Join Michael for the Cal Bears podcast Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com