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Spreading the Wealth

Jan 16, 2015
LINESCORE
  1 2 F
 Arizona (7-9, 0-5) 24 23 47
 #13 Stanford (13-4, 5-0) 41 36 77
LEADERS
  ARIZONA STANFORD
 Points Workman (12) B. Samuelson (14)
 Rebounds Gloyd (5) McCall (16)
 Assists three tied (2) two tied (5)
 Steals two tied (2) three tied (2)
 Blocks Jones (2) McCall (3)

STANFORD, Calif. – Erica McCall posted the first double-double of her career, five Cardinal scored in double figures and No. 13 Stanford shot better than 50 percent from the floor to rout Arizona, 77-47, in Maples Pavilion on Friday night.

The win, Stanford’s season-high seventh in a row, moves the Cardinal’s record to 13-4 overall and a perfect 5-0 in Pac-12 play.

The sophomore McCall had a breakout performance to pace the Cardinal, scoring 13 points, grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds and blocking three shots in 25 efficient minutes. She was 6-of-8 from the floor, scored in double figures for the fourth time this season and also surpassed the 10-rebound mark for the second time in her career.

McCall’s outburst highlighted another balanced effort for Stanford, which boasted five players in double figures scoring. After not enjoying such balance in the season’s first 15 games, the Cardinal has now had at least that many score 10-plus in its last two outings. The six in double figures in Sunday’s win at Washington State was the most for Stanford since March 2011.

Bonnie Samuelson led the way with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including a 4-of-7 clip from deep. She made the 46th two-point field goal of her career to open Stanford’s scoring, then found her customary spot beyond the arc and drilled shot after 3-point shot.

The Cardinal, which led 41-24 at the break, surrendered a, early second-half bucket to Arizona’s (7-9, 0-5 Pac-12) LaBrittney Jones and then reeled off the next 14 points. Samuelson capped the run with back-to-back 3-pointers to make the score 55-26 with 14:35 to go.

She now has 189 3-point makes in her career, just two shy of Jennifer Azzi for eighth on Stanford’s all-time list.

Not to be outdone, sister Karlie Samuelson sandwiched a McCall jumper with a pair of her own bombs and when the Samuelson onslaught ended, Stanford had its biggest lead, 63-30 (12:45). The sophomore Karlie scored in double figures for the third time this season, putting up 12 on 4-of-5 from deep. The sisters, as they’re wont to do, combined to go 8-of-12 on 3-pointers, score 26 points and lead a robust 47.4 percent 3-point shooting effort for the nation’s fourth-best team from distance.

Karlie, who had made just one of her last 10 3-pointers coming into tonight, hit at least four for the second time this season. Bonnie did so for the third straight game, the fourth time this year, and has scored 10 or more in three straight, matching a personal-best streak.

A 15-0 Stanford run gave the Cardinal control early on. The spurt, which gave Stanford a 17-4 advantage a little over six minutes into the game, was fueled in part by more Samuelson proficiency from deep after Bonnie sandwiched her first two triples around one from Karlie.

Arizona got to within eight on two occasions midway through the first half, but both times Lili Thompson answered to push Stanford’s edge back to double digits. The sophomore scored 12 and was joined in the backcourt by Briana Roberson, whose career-high tying 12 points was bolstered with a personal-best five assists.

In one later 18-second stretch immediately after Thompson pushed the Cardinal lead to 24-14, McCall had a block and rebound before grabbing two of her own misses and converting the putback.

The Cardinal had a season-high 20 assists on its 29 made field goals and converted more than 50 percent from the floor for the fifth time in 2014-15.

Stanford will attempt to notch its second win over a ranked opponent at Maples Pavilion this season when it hosts No. 14 Arizona State (16-1, 5-0 Pac-12) on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. in a game televised on the Pac-12 Networks.