No. 3 Stanford 90, Washington 64
SEATTLE (AP) _ The Stanford Cardinal didn’t miss starting forwards Vanessa Nygaard and Naomi Mulitauaopele against Washington.
Not with Kate Starbird in the lineup.
Starbird scored 30 points to lead the No. 3 Cardinal to its 34th consecutive Pac-10 victory, a 90-64 defeat of the Huskies Thursday night.
Nygaard and Mulitauaopele did not make the trip because of knee injuries.
``If she’s not the best guard in the country, then I don’t know who is,″ Washington coach June Daugherty said of Starbird, a 6-foot-2 senior.
``It was a big game for our team, especially because of all the injuries,″ Starbird said.
With Starbird leading the way on 12-for-19 shooting, Stanford (19-1 overall, 7-0 Pac-10) did not miss its starting forwards. Heather Owen added a career-high 24 points and Olympia Scott 18 as the Cardinal posted its 10th win in a row since losing at No. 2 Old Dominion.
``What Heather did was awesome,″ Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said of the 6-foot-4 Owen’s first career start. ``It was more than I ever could have asked of her.″
Washington (8-7, 3-3) was led by Laure Savasta’s 17 points and Amber Hall’s 14. Jamie Redd, the Huskies’ leading scorer with 23 points a game, was held to 11.
Stanford held the Huskies to 3-for-20 shooting from 3-point range. Redd was 0-for-7 from behind the arc.
``We need to learn how to play basketball for 40 minutes like Stanford,″ said Redd, who fouled out. ``They never stopped coming at us.″
Daugherty, Washington’s first-year coach, said there is a talent gap between Stanford and the rest of the Pac-10. The Cardinal is the only team from the Pac-10 ranked in the top 25.
``They may have had two players out, but if you look down the bench you saw three or four high school All-Americans waiting to go in,″ Daugherty said.
The Cardinal beat the Huskies for the sixth straight time.
Stanford broke the game open early in the second half. After Savasta brought Washington to within 45-39 with a layup, the Cardinal ran off 11 unanswered points that included a 3-pointer and a 15-footer by Starbird and a basket and two free throws by Scott for a 56-39 lead with 6:55 gone.
After a layup by Jamila Wideman with 9:11 on the clock, Stanford had a 64-45 lead.
Stanford led 40-34 at halftime after trailing 22-13 with 9:50 left in the opening half.
``When we down early, I don’t think we were ever worried,″ Starbird said. ``We have a lot of experience on our roster.″
``We were playing really great at first, but we let it get away,″ Hall said. ``We still should have been able to come back, though.″
Starbird hit a 3-pointer and then made a spinning layup and a free throw as the Cardinal scored 10 unanswered points for a 23-22 advantage.
Stanford had a 38-29 lead after two free throws by Owen with 1:08 left in the opening half. Savasta sank a 3-pointer and a 12-footer in the final 50 seconds of the first half.