Williams scores 22, No. 6 Stanford beats USC 72-64
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kiana Williams scored 22 points in helping No. 6 Stanford escape with a 72-64 victory over Southern California on Friday night.
Alanna Smith had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Cardinal (11-1, 1-0 Pac-12) won their fifth straight since losing at Gonzaga.
Minyon Moore scored 13 points to lead the Trojans (10-3, 0-2), who have lost three of their past four. Kayla Overbeck matched her season-high with 10 points.
DiJonai Carrington added 14 points and seven rebounds for Stanford, which beat Southern California for the eighth consecutive time.
Neither team shot particularly well. A late flurry of makes allowed Stanford to finish above 40 percent and the Trojans were held below 38 percent.
Stanford outscored the Trojans 12-7 to open the fourth quarter, with Williams making a layup to push the lead to 66-54.
The Cardinal scored the final eight points of the third, highlighted by a steal and layup by Lacie Hull at the buzzer, to take a 54-47 advantage into the final quarter.
Stanford led by seven points near the end of the first quarter, the largest lead for either team through three quarters.
Southern California took a 33-31 lead into the intermission.
THE BIG PICTURE
Southern California’s Aliyah Mazyck, who needs 26 points to join the 1,000-point club, missed her third game of the season. She missed two games earlier in the season because of a knee injury. ... Minyon Moore has scored in double figures in 11 of the 12 games she’s played. ... Mariya Moore has reached double figures in 10 of the team’s 13 games. She needs three assists to move into the school’s top 10 all-time list.
Stanford 6-3 sophomore Maya Dodson (left foot) joined 6-0 freshman Lexie Hull (stress reaction) and senior guard Marta Sniezek (thumb) on the injured list. Junior guard Anna Wilson returned from an injury. She played three minutes total over her last four games, missing three of them. ... Nadia Fingall had to leave the game with an apparent right leg injury early in the third quarter. She returned to the court in the fourth quarter only to leave the game with an apparent left leg injury moments later.
USC crosses the SF Bay to take on California on Sunday.
Stanford hosts UCLA on Sunday.
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