No. 1 UConn routs 10th-ranked Stanford 78-53
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Crystal Dangerfield scored 24 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 21 to help top-ranked UConn rout No. 10 Stanford 78-53 on Sunday.
In her seventh career start Dangerfield ran the offense with a sharpshooter’s mentality. The sophomore knocked down 6-of-7 3-pointers and recorded four steals.
Stanford (0-2) struggled making shots around the rim for a second straight game. The Cardinal made just 5-of-31 shots in the first half and committed 15 turnovers.
Gabby Williams and Napheesa Collier added 11 and eight points, respectively, for UConn (1-0).
DiJonai Carrington led Stanford with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, despite coming off the bench.
The Huskies dominated from the opening tip, shooting 51 percent from the field, including 6 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half. Tied at four less than two minutes into the game, UConn made its next five shots as a part of a 14-0 run. In the third quarter, UConn kept its pace and outscored the Cardinal 23-4. With 2:50 remaining in the third quarter, Dangerfield hit a 3 to give UConn a 42-point lead, its largest of the game.
Stanford’s Alanna Smith was one bucket shy of a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. Brittany McPhee followed up her 24-point outing Friday with nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.
UConn: The Huskies showed why they are the top-ranked team in the country. It’s obvious Geno Auriemma’s team will be the favorite once again to win its 12th national title.
Stanford: The Cardinal had to replace three starters in the offseason and opened against two top-five opponents. The 0-2 start shouldn’t be anything more than a learning curve for a young Stanford team.
UConn: Plays No. 20 California at home Friday at 7 p.m.
Stanford: Plays UC Riverside at home Friday at 7 p.m.