Five Stanford players scored in double digits to propel the No. 19 Card (21-8, 13-4 Pac-12) to a 69-58 win over the No. 7 Beavers (25-3, 15-2). Stanford handed OSU its first loss of the season in Gill Coliseum, snapping a 21-game win streak.
With Stanford’s upset victory over Oregon State, the Card only need to beat Oregon on Sunday and for Cal to lose to Oregon State to earn the third spot in the Pac-12 outright over Cal – a key gain in terms of seeding for the Pac-12 tournament.
With 1:35 to play in the first half, the Cardinal had a tenuous lead, with the whole game a back-and-forth battle, with both teams shooting at about 40 percent. However, OSU was able to cut the Card’s lead to just one to send Stanford into the locker room with a 34-33 lead.
Sophomore guard Brianna Roberson, after playing less than five minutes in the loss to Cal last week, scored 11 points in the first half, shooting 5-of-6 from the field. Roberson also did an impressive job defensively in guarding Sydney Weise, an All-Pac-12 member as a freshman last year and the team’s leading 3-point shooter, holding her to just 1-of-9 in shooting in the first half and 7 points overall.
However, Jamie Weisner and Deven Hunter carried the Beavers, scoring 18 points each. Though, with few contributions coming from anywhere else on the roster and with only three of Weisner’s points coming in the second half, the Cardinal were able to pull ahead in the second half behind 11 points from senior Bonnie Samuelson and 10 points from sophomore Erica McCall.
McCall finished the game with 12 points and 7 rebounds. All of Samuelson’s points were scored in the second half and she hit a 3-pointer in the opening seconds of the second half to stretch the Cardinal’s lead.
Stanford went on a 7-0 run in the first five minutes of the half and never looked back. The Beavers had opportunities down the line to lessen the deficit at the free-throw line but only made 2-of-6. Weise ended a five-minute scoring drought with a layup at 5:44 in the second half, putting the Beavers within 11. The Beavers, however, weren’t able to close the gap by more than 9 points.
In her usual fashion, senior point guard Amber Orrange came through in the second half, finishing the game with 12 points. Sophomore Lili Thompson led the Card with 13 points in a very consistent performance.
The Cardinal head to Eugene, Oregon on Sunday to take on the Oregon Ducks in their final Pac-12 conference game before the Pac-12 tournament. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
Contact Ashley Westhem at awesthem ‘at’ stanford.edu.