Smith hits a late 3-pointer to lift No. 10 Stanford to a win
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Alanna Smith hit a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left and No. 10 Stanford scored the final nine points of the game to beat Arizona 56-54 on Friday night.
Stanford trailed 54-47 before Lacie Hull hit a 3-pointer to start the game-ending run with 4:10 left, ending a nearly five minute scoreless streak for the Cardinal (22-4, 11-3 Pac 12). Smith then hit consecutive 3-pointers to Stanford the lead.
Aari McDonald, who scored 20 points for the Wildcats, missed two free throws with 17 seconds left, but Arizona had a chance when Destiny Graham stole the Cardinal inbound pass after Stanford called timeout. McDonald’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer went in and out preserving the Cardinal’s win.
Smith scored 21 points and had nine rebounds for Stanford. Hull added 15 points.
McDonald added a team high seven rebounds and six assists for the Wildcats (17-9, 7-9), who have not won at Stanford since 2001. Graham had 11 points.
Graham hit a 3-pointer with 8:06 remaining to play and Arizona took a five-point lead. The Wildcats added a basket at 4:39 which was their final points of the game.
Stanford led for most of the game until Arizona took a 42-40 lead midway through the third quarter. McDonald hit a lay-up at the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 47-45 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Hull’s 3-pointer late in the second quarter gave the Cardinal a 35-27 halftime advantage.
Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu may overshadow Arizona’s McDonald but the redshirt sophomore continues a sensational season. She’s the nation’s third-leading scorer and has reached double figures in every game this season. The last Arizona player to score in every game was Dee Dee Wheeler in 2003-04. McDonald is now within 13 points of Adia Barnes’ Arizona single-season scoring record.
Stanford has been dominating the series with Arizona, winning 32 of the previous 33 meetings.
Arizona plays at California on Sunday.
Stanford hosts Arizona State on Sunday.