PULLMAN, Wash. — There’s maybe no different staff within the Pac-12 that has been as impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic because the Stanford Cardinal.
Regardless of the fixed journey, subpar apply circumstances and dropping back-to-back video games to Colorado and UCLA earlier this month, issues are lastly beginning to lookup.
Stanford beat Washington State 71-49 Wednesday night time for his or her second straight victory of 20 or extra factors. What’s extra, the sixth-ranked Cardinal will return to Maples Pavilion on Feb. 5 towards Colorado after a number of months away from their residence stadium.
“Our staff is ecstatic. Now we have been residing in a resort since principally November,” mentioned Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. “The damage and tear on individuals, the being in motels and being on buses, training in highschool gyms, no energy within the gymnasium and it’s darkish. No different staff apart from possibly our males’s staff has been coping with what we’re coping with and we’re completely thrilled to return to Maples and it’s simply we need to play effectively this weekend so we might be again in our gymnasium and revel in it.”
Lexie Hull scored 17 factors and Cameron Brink had her first double-double of the season as No. 6 Stanford routed Washington State 71-49 on Wednesday night time.
Brink had 5 assists and 5 blocks to go together with her 12 factors and 14 rebounds within the first of two consecutive away video games towards the Cougars. Kiana Williams added 17 factors and had 5 assists for Stanford (13-2, 10-2 Pac-12), which is now an ideal 68-Zero all-time towards Washington State.
This week is the primary time Stanford has performed two consecutive video games towards the identical staff within the common season since 1988 vs. USC.
Johanna Teder had 12 factors for Washington State (8-5, 6-5), which was undone by poor capturing and Stanford’s smothering protection. Charlisse Leger-Walker, who entered the sport main the Pac-12 in scoring with 20.Three factors per recreation, was held scoreless for the Cougars within the first half and completed the sport with lower than 10 factors for the primary time this season.
“I believed our protection actually stepped it up,” VanDerveer mentioned. “That was actually key for us.”
Stanford shot 47.6% and dominated the battle within the paint 38-26 whereas Washington State made simply 32.8% of its makes an attempt, together with 5 of 20 from 3-point vary.
Hull and Brink mixed for 25 factors to assist the Cardinal soar out to a 44-18 lead on the finish of the primary half.
The Cougars began to seek out the basket within the second half and managed to shut Stanford’s result in 56-43 with 7:29 left within the fourth quarter nevertheless it was too little too late.
Stanford: The Cardinal is 32-Zero in Pullman and has gained its final 12 matchups with the Cougars by at the very least 11 factors. Stanford is now within the midst of 5 straight video games towards unranked competitors beginning with the Cougars once more on Friday in Pullman.
Washington State: The Cougars struggled to seek out the basket within the first half and have been dominated defensively by the Cardinal. Washington State might want to discover a approach to get its freshman star Charlisse Leger-Walker right into a rhythm if the Cougars need to get revenge towards the Cardinal on Friday.
Stanford performs at Washington State on Friday
Washington State hosts Stanford on Friday