No. 5 Stanford 50, Rutgers 46
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) _ T’Nae Theil scored 14 points to lead fifth-ranked Stanford to a 50-46 victory Wednesday night over Rutgers, which was without two starters.
Stanford (13-1) opened a 22-6 lead with 11:03 left in the first half, but Rutgers turned up the defense as the Cardinal went cold.
With only two players on the bench, the Scarlet Knights (4-7) got a season-high 12 points from point guard Saona Chapman and 12 from Dawn McCullouch. Rutgers played without Davalyn Cunningham, who has a sprained ankle, and Mauri Horton, out with a bruised heel. They average a combined for 25 points.
The Scarlet Knights went on a 12-0 run behind four points from Mariota Theodoris and extended the run to 20-3 to take a 26-25 lead with 3:26 left in the first half.
Stanford’s Enjoli Izidor was the only player to score in the final minutes of the half, giving the Cardinal a 27-26 lead at the break.
Stanford averaging 83.1 points, made just 4-of-13 3-pointers in the first half and was outrebounded 24-16.
Both teams struggled offensively in the second half until Stanford broke it open with another run. The Cardinal scored seven straight points on a 3-pointer by Sebnem Kimyacioglu and layups by Nicole Powell and Bethany Donaphin for a 44-37 lead with 6:19 left.
Theil finished 6-for-9 while the rest of Stanford’s starters went 8-for-20. Rutgers fared worse, shooting just 28 percent on the night but outrebounded Stanford 50-43.
Kimyacioglu finished with nine points and freshman Kelly Suminski had seven.