Jones’ 18 points, 16 rebounds lead No. 2 Stanford by Arizona
STANFORD, (AP) — Haley Jones had 18 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and five assists, and second-ranked Stanford picked up…
STANFORD, (AP) — Haley Jones had 18 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and five assists, and second-ranked Stanford picked up its defense after the first quarter and rolled past No. 15 Arizona 73-57 in a Monday showdown of the 2021 national champion Cardinal and NCAA runner-up Wildcats.
Francesca Belibi contributed season-bests of 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Stanford (15-1, 3-0 Pac-12), which held Arizona to seven second-quarter points on the way to winning its 10th straight game since the team’s lone defeat in a 76-71 overtime loss to No. 1 South Carolina on Nov. 20.
Jade Loville scored 12 for a Wildcats team (12-2, 2-1) that came in averaging 81.2 points per game and was beating teams by an average of 22.2 points — but no team has scored more than 77 points against the Cardinal since the start of the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season.
Both power programs struggled to find their 3-point grooves — Arizona going 1 for 6 in the first half and Stanford 3 of 13. Hannah Jump made four for Stanford on the way to 13 points.
Cameron Brink overcame a cold shooting day to finish with 12 points, six rebounds and three more blocks. She shot 3 of 15, missing all six of her 3-point tries and with four turnovers but was picked up by Stanford’s deep supporting cast.
Stanford committed five quick turnovers and missed its initial three shots before Jump hit a 3-pointer at the 6:14 mark of the first. That helped the Cardinal warm up and use a 6-0 burst to get going as Arizona had a short drought.
The Cardinal made five straight shots during a 7-0 run to go ahead 17-11 and led 19-15 after the first — when Jones already had six points, five rebounds and four assists.
Belibi went down hard late in the third on an intentional foul call against Loville.
Stanford won its 37th straight game against Pac-12 teams including the past two conference titles and postseason.
Arizona: The Wildcats, who were outrebounded 53-33, had only beaten one ranked opponent prior to facing Stanford — No. 18 Baylor on Dec. 18. … Arizona scored 19 points off Stanford’s 16 turnovers. … The Wildcats were averaging a Pac-12 best 12.9 steals per game and had just seven. … Arizona is the only conference team with four players averaging at least 11.8 points.
Stanford: Brink — who celebrated her 21st birthday with a big game on New Year’s Eve in a 101-69 win against Arizona State — has blocked at least one shot in every game and now has 48. She was cheered on Monday by Sonya Curry, mother of Warriors star Stephen Curry, and the reigning NBA Finals MVP’s two daughters, Riley and Ryan, and toddler son, Canon. Sonya Curry and Brink’s mom, Michelle, are friends dating to their days at Virginia Tech. … Junior G Agnes Emma-Nnopu missed her second straight game after being poked in the eye at practice by Indya Nivar. … Stanford improved to 61-4 in games when Jump makes at least one 3-pointer.
Arizona: Hosts Oregon State on Friday.
Stanford: Visits California on Sunday in Berkeley for the second matchup between the Bay Area rivals after the Cardinal captured the first meeting 90-69 on Dec. 23 in the conference opener.
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