FRESNO, Calif. – Fourth-ranked Stanford hit a season-high 12 3-pointers, 11 of those coming from Taylor Greenfield, Amber Orrange and Bonnie Samuelson, to roll to an 86-54 victory Saturday night at Fresno State.
Greenfield and Samuelson each hit four triples while Orrange nailed three, and Mikaela Ruef added one as the Cardinal went 8-for-15 from behind the arc in the second half. Stanford used a 26-2 half-opening run to put the game on ice. During that stretch Stanford would hit six 3-pointers, three from Greenfield, to balloon a 12-point halftime edge into a 36-point lead at 69-33.
“I thought Amber played really well for us, as well as Chiney. Mikaela Ruef [had a good game] and Taylor and Bonnie hit some really big shots,” said Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball Tara VanDerveer. “It was good to have different people playing and in the game getting experience.”
For Greenfield, it continued her hot hand since making her season debut two weeks ago against Gonzaga. The junior forward finished with a career high-matching 18 points and six rebounds Saturday, and over the first four games of her return is averaging 10.3 points and shooting 52.9 percent (9-for-17) from behind the arc.
Orrange scored 15 points with six assists and three steals, Samuelson added 14 points off the bench, and Ruef dished out a career-best eight assists to go with seven rebounds and five points.
The Cardinal bombers took advantage of a Fresno State defense that dropped low in hopes of stopping All-American Chiney Ogwumike, who finished the first half with 16 points and eight rebound en route to closing the night with 20 points and 10 boards, her eighth double-double of the season.
Fresno State’s aggressive play kept it right with the Cardinal early on, as Mariah Faulk scored seven of her nine points over the opening 10 minutes, and point guard Taylor Thompson found success getting to the rim to give the Bulldogs early leads of 7-5 and 14-13. Stanford battled back ahead but Faulk hit another jumper to close the deficit to four at 22-18 with 10:46 to go in the half.
That would be as close as the Bulldogs would get, though, as the Cardinal defense tightened up, holding Fresno State scoreless over the next 5:04 while going on an 11-0 run at the other end to push the lead to 15 at 33-18.The Cardinal would give little ground over the final five minutes, until Alex Sheedy hit a triple in the final minute to make it a 12-point game at the break.
Sheedy led the Bulldogs with 15 points and 11 rebounds Saturday night, followed by 14 points from Thompson.