Cardinal set school record for futility in 49-31 loss to ASU
JOSE M. ROMERO
Jan. 05, 2016
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Stanford had a night that Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer would soon forget.
The ninth-ranked Cardinal set a school record for scoring in a 49-31 loss to No. 14 Arizona State on Monday night. It was the lowest total in school history.
Stanford made only 11 of 43 shots, was outrebounded 41-32 and scored only 13 first-half points. The Cardinal made only one 3-pointer in 9 attempts and had season lows in field goal percentage (25.6), assists (8) and 3-pointers.
"We have a lot of work to do on our offense. We struggled knocking down shots that we've been making all year," VanDerveer said. "Credit their defense. Arizona State played very well. They're very aggressive and we just were not aggressive enough."
Sophie Brunner scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds, helping ASU to a sweep of the two Bay Area schools, both nationally ranked. The Sun Devils (11-3, 2-0 Pac-12) won their eighth straight game and have wins in three of the last four meetings between the two teams, all three in regular-season play.
Stanford (11-3, 1-1) lost for just the fourth time in the month of January over the past seven seasons and for only the 14th time in 71 meetings with ASU since Jan. 5, 1979. The Cardinal's previous worst game was a 32-point effort against Missouri on Jan. 2, 1984 in a 40-point loss.
Arizona State controlled the boards 41-32 and had a seven-rebound edge on the offensive glass. Arnecia Hawkins added 12 points for the Sun Devils as the Cardinal's five-game win streak came to an end.
"We were not on the glass. We're not serious about rebounding," VanDerveer said. "That's very disappointing."
The Cardinal had hope in the third quarter thanks to a Sun Devil scoring drought that lasted almost five minutes, but Stanford still trailed by 12 during that stretch. ASU built its lead to 39-19 on a 3 from Elisha Davis with 1:55 to play in the quarter.
The Sun Devils didn't score for the first 3:43 of the fourth quarter but Stanford still couldn't make a significant dent in the deficit. Lili Thompson led the Cardinal with 7 points.
"We just got back, dug in, worked hard and really never let them get comfortable," ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne said of the significance of the win. "That'll be something fun to reflect on but right now we're just going to keep grinding. We have a lot of basketball left."
The Sun Devils took a 26-9 lead late in the second quarter on a Davis 3-pointer, which came after ASU had hustled for an offensive rebound.
Only two baskets in the final 1:02 of the half by Stanford's Kaylee Johnson got the Cardinal into double digits in what was its lowest point total of both the first and second quarters (7 and 6 points) this season.
The Sun Devils controlled the first quarter in large part because Stanford went more than 6 ½ minutes without a point. ASU could only build its lead to 10, 14-4, on a short jumper from Brunner with 1:34 left.
The Cardinal cut it to 14-7 by quarter's end but made only 3 of 13 shots, and 5 of 21 in the first half.
Stanford: The Cardinal entered Monday's game as the national leader in field goal defense at 29.9 percent shooting for opponents. ASU shot 31 percent . The Cardinal is 66-7 in conference road games since the 2007-2008 season. ... Stanford doesn't have a senior in the starting lineup for the first time since 2002-2003.
Arizona State: Turner Thorne played for VanDerveer for three years when in college. Turner Thorne has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford. . Brunner, a junior, is ASU's active leader in rebounds with 529 in her career.
SWEEP SO SWEET
Davis a senior, from Oakland, Calif., said it was a little more special to sweep the Bay Area schools. ASU beat Cal 67-59 on Saturday. "It just speaks a lot to how much we've grown as a program," Davis said. "You always have people back home watching. I have a feeling towards both (teams) and it all equates to wanting to get that win regardless."
Stanford hosts Utah on Friday.
Arizona State at Washington on Friday.