TUCSON, Ariz. – Stanford played its own personal game of NBA Jam Friday night in Tucson, catching fire with a season-high 15 3-pointers in a 96-52 win over Arizona. The Cardinal won its 15th straight game and improved to 16-1 overall and 5-0 in Pac-12 play.
Seven different players hit from distance, led by four from Karlie Samuelson to complement the inside game of Chiney Ogwumike, who went 12-for-13 from the field and posted her 12th double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds. The younger Samuelson sister finished with 16 points five days after a career-best 19-point performance last Sunday at Colorado.
The Samuelson sisters put on a show Friday, as Karlie and older sister Bonnie combined for 25 points with Bonnie scoring nine and hitting three triples of her own. Together they went 7-for-14 from behind the arc and 9-for-16 from the field.
“This was a great game for us, to be able to play a lot of people so that no one gets too tired and they’re ready for the next game,” said Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball Tara VanDerveer.
‘We’re not concerned with who we’re playing, just that we play well. The best thing on this team is that they keep each other accountable; if there’s someone not playing well there’s someone right there who can come in and do well,” VanDerveer added. “We have a lot of different weapons and they stepped up and played well.”
Stanford led Arizona (4-12, 0-5 Pac-12) by just a bucket at 15-13 with 14:47 to play in the first half, but blew the game open with a 26-7 run over the next 8:41. Ogwumike started the run with a layup, and minutes later, with the Cardinal up 29-20, the Samuelsons and Amber Orrange each hit a three, Bonnie contributing two, over four straight possessions to push the lead to 22 at 41-20 with 6:06 to go.
Ogwumike would score six of Stanford’s final 11 points in the half, giving her 16 as Stanford led 52-31 at the break. She would open the second half with a layup followed by a 3-pointer from Lili Thompson, who scored 12 points with a season high-matching six assists, to get the lead up to 26 at 57-31.
Stanford matched its season high with 28 assists, led by eight from Amber Orrange.
The Cardinal put its stamp on its night midway through the half, as a pair of triples from Taylor Greenfield sandwiched one from Karlie Samuelson to highlight a 15-0 run that turned a 66-40 lead into a 41-point lead at 81-40 with 9:42 remaining.Next up for Stanford is a Top-25 matchup with No. 19/24 Arizona Monday at 4 p.m. PT in Tempe.