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Almost Home: No. 1 Stanford Women Top No. 11 Oregon 70-63

Almost Home: No. 1 Stanford Women Top No. 11 Oregon 70-63

Haley Jones had 18 points and six rebounds, and No. 1 Stanford used an explosive third quarter to beat No. 11 Oregon 7063 on Friday. The Cardinal were playing in Northern California for the first time in nearly a month.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.: Haley Jones had 18 points and six rebounds, and No. 1 Stanford used an explosive third quarter to beat No. 11 Oregon 70-63 on Friday. The Cardinal were playing in Northern California for the first time in nearly a month.

Francesca Belibi’s three-point play with 17 seconds remaining in the third capped a second decisive 9-0 run that period by the short-handed Cardinal (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12).

Stanford’s run spanning the final two quarters reached 13-0 before Sydney Parrish’s three-point play at 7:48 of the fourth.

Oregon (8-2, 6-2) lost again after it fell out of the top-10 with a home defeat to UCLA that ended the Ducks nation’s best 27-game winning streak. The Ducks had won the past three with Stanford but have never beaten a top-ranked team.

Parrish led Oregon with 14 points as the teams played at Kaiser Permanente Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors G League affiliate. Stanford played in Northern California for the first time since a win at rival California in Berkeley on Dec. 13, and the Cardinal havent been able to play or practice on campus since Santa Clara Countys restrictions on sports came down Nov. 28 and the team left town Dec. 2.

Oregon’s Maddie Scherr swished a long 3 at the first-quarter buzzer for a 20-16 Oregon lead, and the Cardinal trailed at halftime for the first time all season down 33-32.

The Ducks lost for just the second time in the last seven meetings in the series after beating the Cardinal three times in 2019-20 including a 89-56 rout in the Pac-12 tournament title game but Oregon has never won four in a row against Stanford.

Oregon junior transfer Taylor Mikesell was held to six points on 3-for-12 shooting and missed all three of her 3-point attempts.

Jones, the Pac-12 rebounding leader, also had two of her team’s six steals. Senior point guard Kiana Williams struggled with her shot to finish 3 of 13 for 13 points, missing all six from deep, but converted 8 of 9 free throws.

Anna Wilson added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal.

SHORT-HANDED

Stanford announced it was without three players today because of COVID-19 protocols and contact tracing following the Jan. 3 game at Arizona State.

Guards Lexie Hull and Hannah Jump and forward Alyssa Jerome were the three not on the bench or the court.

BIG PICTURE

Oregon: The Ducks had their 13-game road winning streak snapped. It was tied with FGCU for the second-longest active streak in the nation behind South Carolina’s 17. … Oregon shot 39.4% and no team has shot better than 40% against Stanford this season.

Stanford: Oregon became the first opponent to score more than 61 points on Stanford the Cardinal held opponents to 61 or fewer through their initial nine games for the first time since 1974-75 and they had won each game so far by at least eight points for the first time since 2009-10. … The Cardinal were coming off a program-record six straight true road games.

UP NEXT

Stanford: The game with Oregon State that had been scheduled for Sunday was canceled because of COVID-19 protocols and contact tracing within the Beavers program. The Cardinal will play next Friday at Utah.

Oregon: Plays at Cal on Sunday.

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