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Williams scores 21 in No. 7 Stanford’s 96-62 win over Dons

November 16, 2018

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kiana Williams scored 11 of her 21 points in the third quarter and No. 7 Stanford beat visiting San Francisco 96-62 on Thursday night.

Alanna Smith scored nine of her 18 points in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter for the Cardinal (3-0), who improved to 15-4 against the Dons (1-1).

Williams did not play in the final period and Smith, who also had seven rebounds, came out after hitting three consecutive 3-pointers. Maya Dodson added 10 points.

Freshman Julia Nielacna scored 15 points and had six rebounds to lead the Dons. Veronica Preciado added 11 points and Shannon Powell had 10 points and seven rebounds in three quarters. Abby Rathbun also scored 10.

Stanford took a 66-46 advantage into the final period and after hitting four 3-pointers, went up by 30 before the Cardinal cleared the bench.

Stanford made 15 of 32 3-pointers on the heels of a record matching 16 of 41 in a 115-71 victory over Idaho on Sunday.

Powell, a 5-foot-6 guard, had a game-high six rebounds at the intermission. She had seven rebounds in the Dons’ win over San Jose State on Friday. She led San Francisco in rebounding three times last year.

The Dons fell behind by 20 points after opening the contest making three of 18 shots and then made seven of 12 to pull within 43-31 by halftime. Stanford missed its last four shots of the second quarter.


San Francisco: Dons third-year head coach Molly Goodenbour played on both of Stanford’s national championship teams in 1990 and 1992 . . . First-year assistant coach Katy Steding was part of Stanford’s first national title team, along with former Dons’ coach Jennifer Azzi, and played on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team that won gold under Tara VanDerveer. . . . The Dons last beat Stanford on Dec. 9, 1983. ... San Francisco committed one turnover in the second quarter.

Stanford: The Cardinal won their first three games for the first time in three years. ... With her first basket of the night, Smith moved ahead of Goodenbour and into 37th place on Stanford’s all-time scoring list. Steding ranks 12th. ... Stanford wore turquoise uniforms in honor of Native American Heritage month.


San Francisco hosts Cal Poly on Sunday.

Stanford hosts Ohio State on Sunday.

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