斯坦福大学 (13-3, 4-0 PAC-12) trailed by seven at the half before outscoring the Utes 53-36 在最后 20 分钟. The Cardinal had 30 of those points in the third quarter as Hull had 11 in the period, but still trailed 63-60 heading into the final period.
“We settled things down, worked harder defensively, got the ball inside to Cameron Brink, and had some people hitting shots from the outside,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “I thought Anna Wilson played really well, Lexie Hull made big plays, and the defense played really well too.”
The Cardinal used an early 9-0 run to take the lead for good.
Utah freshman Jenna Johnson scored 15 points and Gianna Kneepkens added 10 for the Utes (8-4, 0-1).
Through the first half, Utah thrived offensively as they baited Stanford into making mistakes and scored 13 points off of 10 Cardinal turnovers. Into the second half, Stanford was more careful with the ball, only committing two turnovers which slowed down Utah’s extra chances and one of their primary sources of offense.
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Over the final 5:42, The cardinal outscored the Utes 16-5 en route to victory. Stanford kept it simple and relied on Brink who matched Utah’s entire team in the fourth quarter with 10 点数.
“Tough loss. Stanford is really good and what they did in the fourth quarter is what they’ve done all season in close games,” Utah coach Lynne Roberts said.
斯坦福大学: After arguably their worst first half performance of the season, the Cardinal settled into their offense and shot a scorching 53.1% 从现场和 53.8% from three to outscore Utah 53-36 在下半年.
犹他州: Despite a stellar first half and leading the No. 2 team in the country by seven, Utah’s offense failed to keep up as they shot just 41% from the field and were heavily outscored late, unable to convert a field goal over the final 2:38.
斯坦福大学: hosts Cal on Friday.
犹他州: visits Arizona on Friday.