December 15, 2013 in Sports

Stanford women still have Gonzaga’s number

 
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Gonzaga’s Jazmine Redmon, left, passes the ball away from Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike.
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STANFORD, Calif. – Kelly Graves kept his Gonzaga players courtside to watch as Stanford celebrated Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer for her recent 900th win.

Even after a lopsided 73-45 loss for the 23rd-ranked Bulldogs on Saturday at No. 6 Stanford, Graves and his players stayed long enough to offer their applause and congratulations.

Graves considered it an important moment for his young women.

“It’s great that she was honored in front of all the fans here, the faithful,” Graves said. “I wanted our team to sit out there and watch it and appreciate who she is and what she’s done for our game. You think about 900 wins, that’s 30 a year for 30 years, for crying out loud. We’ve won 30 one time. It’s incredible what she’s done.”

Sunny Greinacher scored 18 points to lead the West Coast Conference-favorite Zags (8-2), who had their six-game winning streak snapped while losing a sixth straight in as many tries against perennial Pac-12 power Stanford. Gonzaga was coming off impressive wins against Big Ten opponents Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Graves still considered it a solid road trip winning two of three.

“I think we’re a decent basketball team, we have a long way to go,” Graves said. “Going in we wanted to win two out of three, we won two out of three. … We’re not at their level right now.”

Chiney Ogwumike had 19 points and seven rebounds in the first game at Maples Pavilion since VanDerveer won her 900th game against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 27 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. VanDerveer became the fifth Division I coach to join the 900 club, and was honored after the game for her accomplishment in an on-court ceremony.

“It’s cool to be a part of something so special,” Ogwumike said. “She makes us better players. She’s wise beyond her years.”

A cheering crowd on its feet after the final buzzer, VanDerveer’s players pulled on Cardinal red 900 T-shirts, while Stanford president John Hennessy and athletic director Bernard Muir presented the coach with a framed No. 900 white Stanford jersey.

“It’s a little hard for me to wrap my head around 900,” VanDerveer said over the public address system. “This is the only way I could get a Stanford jersey, as a coach. … Let’s get some more!”

Kailee Johnson hit a pair of 3-pointers and added 11 points for Stanford in its seventh straight win since a 76-57 defeat at No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 11. Amber Orrange had 10 points and three assists.

Gonzaga stayed close early and pulled to 6-6 before Stanford responded with a 15-3 spurt – including 12 unanswered points – and built a 21-8 lead at the 11:22 mark of the first half.

GU hadn’t lost since dropping its only other matchup against a ranked opponent this season, 82-78 at No. 11 Oklahoma on Nov. 14.

“That’s why I love playing Stanford,” Graves said. “You have to be at your best. They expose your weaknesses.”

Stanford shot 48.1 percent in the opening 20 minutes on the way to a 33-19 halftime lead.

Stanford 73, Gonzaga 45

Gonzaga (8-2)—Palmer 2-11 1-4 5, Greinacher 9-16 0-4 18, Albanez 2-8 0-0 4, Sherbert 1-3 0-0 2, Redmon 1-6 0-0 2, Viela 0-3 0-0 0, Walter 0-3 1-2 1, Nilles 0-0 0-0 0, Kudron 4-4 1-2 9, Golden 2-5 0-0 4, Tinkle 0-0 0-0 0, Cheslek 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-61 3-12 45.

Stanford (8-1)—Thompson 1-4 0-0 2, Ruef 2-5 0-0 4, Ogwumike 8-16 3-4 19, James 2-5 1-2 7, Orrange 3-7 3-4 10, Green 1-1 0-0 2, Greenfield 2-3 0-0 4, Camp 2-4 0-0 6, McCall 1-5 3-5 5, Payne 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 4-7 1-2 11, Picknell 0-0 0-0 0, B. Samuelson 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 27-60 11-17 73.

Halftime—Stanford 33-19. 3-Point Goals—Gonzaga 0-14 (Palmer 0-1, Redmon 0-1, Viela 0-2, Sherbert 0-2, Walter 0-3, Albanez 0-5), Stanford 8-16 (Camp 2-2, Johnson 2-3, James 2-4, Orrange 1-1, B. Samuelson 1-3, Greenfield 0-1, Thompson 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Gonzaga 36 (Greinacher 6), Stanford 46 (Johnson 8). Assists—Gonzaga 10 (Redmon 4), Stanford 14 (James, Orrange, Ruef 3). Total Fouls—Gonzaga 18, Stanford 13.


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