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Jones, Williams Lead No. 6 Stanford Past Wash State 77-49

Jones, Williams Lead No. 6 Stanford Past Wash State 77-49

Hayley Jones and Kiana Williams each scored 16 points as No. 6 Stanford beat Washington State 7749 on Friday for its 69th consecutive victory in the series.

PULLMAN, Wash.: Hayley Jones and Kiana Williams each scored 16 points as No. 6 Stanford beat Washington State 77-49 on Friday for its 69th consecutive victory in the series.

Ashten Prechtel added 11 points for Stanford (14-2, 11-2 Pac-12), which has never lost to the Cougars in a series that dates to 1983.

Bella Murekatete scored a career-high 17 points for Washington State (8-6, 6-6), which was undone by 33% shooting. Ula Motuga added 10 points.

The teams played back-to-back games in Pullman because local COVID-19 protocols have prevented Stanford from playing home games for two months. Stanford beat Washington State 71-49 on Wednesday night.

The Cardinal will return to Maples Pavilion on Feb. 5 against Colorado.

Stanford scored the final four baskets of the first quarter to take a 22-15 lead. Washington State was scoreless in the last four minutes of the first quarter, and Stanford sank 10 of its first 16 shots.

Stanford’s last three baskets of the second quarter were 3-pointers as the Cardinal used a 9-1 closing run to take a 40-27 lead at halftime. Washington State was dogged by 36.7% shooting and 10 turnovers.

Murekatete scored the first nine points of the third for Washington State as the Cougars cut Stanford’s lead to 45-36.

Stanford closed the third with a 12-5 run and Lexie Hull’s basket at the buzzer gave the Cardinal a 57-41 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Cardinal opened the fourth with a 10-2 run.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: No team has shot over 41.5% against the Cardinal this season. The Cardinal is 33-0 in Pullman. Outside a 10-point overtime victory over the Cougars in 2015, the closest game between the two was a 71-67 Stanford win in 1987. The Cardinal had been ranked No. 1 this season but lost two of their four games before the Washington State series.

Washington State: This was the first time in program history that WSU has hosted the same school in back-to-back conference games. This was the Cougars’ seventh game against a ranked team this season. Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.2 points per game, but was limited to six points on Wednesday and two points on Friday.

UP NEXT

Stanford plays at Washington on Sunday.

Washington State hosts No. 5 UCLA on Friday.

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