STANFORD, Calif (AP) — Kiana Williams scored 18 points and had three steals to lead a Stanford defense that held Arizona State without a basket for the first nine minutes of the game and the sixth-ranked Cardinal throttled the Sun Devils 80-41 on Friday night.
Hannah Jump added a season-high 17 points for Stanford (20-2, 17-2 Pac-12). Lexie Hull had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Haley Jones scored 11.
Stanford never trailed, led by 41 and dominated in the paint on both ends of the floor while winning its ninth straight.
Stanford’s defense made the biggest impact, tipping passes and converting the deflections into turnovers and easy buckets. The Cardinal allowed seven points in the first quarter, 11 in the second and seven in the third.
Arizona State (10-8, 5-8) missed its first 10 shots and was on the brink of not making a basket at all in the first quarter until Taya Hanson’s 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining. Prior to Hanson’s bucket, the Sun Devils only points came on four free throws.
Eboni Walker scored 11 points for Arizona State. Hanson had 10.
Williams, who had 13 points in the first half, scored five as part of an 12-0 run that put Stanford ahead 58-23 in the third including a fadeaway shot as she was falling out of bounds at the baseline. Williams was held out of the fourth quarter when coach Tara VanDerveer pulled her starters.
Before the game players from both teams formed a huge oval around the court in a symbol of unity in the fight to end racial injustices. A moment of silence was held as coaches from both teams and the referees stood by.
Arizona State: Hard to believe this is the same team that lost 68-60 to then-No. 1 Stanford in January. Then again, five of the Sun Devils eight losses this season have come against teams ranked in the Top 10. This was more about what Stanford did than what Arizona State didn’t do.
Stanford: The Cardinal have won nine straight since back-to-back losses against Colorado and UCLA. With a big game looming against a ranked opponent Monday, the Cardinal could have got caught overlooking the Sun Devils. Instead they came out aggressive and focused both offensively and defensively.
Arizona State: Visit California on Sunday.
Stanford: Plays No. 10 Arizona on Sunday at Maples Pavilion.
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