Car­di­nal make it 63 in row

San Francisco Chronicle - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - By Tom FitzGer­ald Tom FitzGer­ald is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: tfitzger­ald@sfchron­i­cle .com Twitter: @tomg fitzger­ald

Some­times bas­ket­ball can be as cruel as na­ture. The ri­valry be­tween the Stan­ford and Washington State women’s teams is marginally less onesided than the re­la­tion­ship be­tween ea­gles and prairie dogs.

The Car­di­nal have won all 63 games in a series that dates to 1983, fol­low­ing their me­thod­i­cal 70-57 de­feat of the Cougars Fri­day night at Maples Pavil­ion.

Stan­ford’s Alanna Smith was a force around the rim with 20 points and nine re­bounds. Fresh­man guard Kiana Wil­liams, who sank 3-of-6 three-point at­tempts and scored 15 points, drew ex­tra praise from head coach Tara VanDerveer.

“In my mind she’s not a fresh­man,” she said. “She’s learn­ing ev­ery game. She wants to be a great player. She puts in ex­tra time work­ing on her shot.”

It was guard Brit­tany McPhee’s 22nd birth­day, so Smith and re­serve guard Alexa Ro­mano bought her break­fast Fri­day morn­ing. “She’s a big fan of cof­fee, so we bought her an iced cof­fee, too,” Smith said. “This win was a nice birth­day present as well for her.”

McPhee scored five points and dished out five as­sists. Kaylee John­son, who had 15 re­bounds to go with her 10 points, pro­vided the Car­di­nal (10-7, 4-1 Pac-12) an early stim­u­lus pack­age on the boards.

They en­joyed a 53-31 re­bound­ing ad­van­tage af­ter get­ting creamed on the boards 47-24 by Ari­zona State in Sun­day’s 73-66 loss in Tempe. It was one of the few times they’ve been out­re­bounded this sea­son.

“We needed that re­minder,” John­son said. “We had it, so hope­fully we don’t get it again the rest of the sea­son.”

Washington State (8-9, 1-4) was with­out head coach June Daugh­erty, who stayed in Pull­man for a mi­nor med­i­cal pro­ce­dure. Her hus­band and top as­sis­tant, Mike, filled in for her, and it wasn’t an easy task. The Cougars shot just 34 per­cent and were off-kil­ter even on open shots.

“Our ef­fort was piti­ful,” Mike Daugh­erty told Pac-12 Net­works af­ter his team trailed 45-17 at half­time. “We should have stayed home with June.”

Stan­ford did prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing it failed to do in the Ari­zona State loss. Of course, it helped that WSU is not in ASU’s class. McPhee played tough de­fense on the Pac-12’s lead­ing scorer, Borislava Hris­tova, who av­er­ages 19.1 points. She scored just two points in the first half, then 12 in the sec­ond af­ter the is­sue had been de­cided. Chanelle Molina came off the bench to score 19 for WSU.

VanDerveer wasn’t sat­is­fied with the Car­di­nal’s play in the sec­ond half, in which it was outscored 40-25 and com­mit­ted 12 of its 22 turnovers.

“We had a lead, but I don’t think it should mat­ter what the lead is,” she said. “You can ei­ther play against their de­fense or you can’t. … We need peo­ple that are go­ing to get as­sists, not turnovers.” Briefly: Stan­ford was miss­ing two re­serve guards, sopho­mores Anna Wil­son (sprained an­kle) and Mikaela Brewer (ill­ness). … The Cougars lost guard Alexys Swed­lund to an an­kle in­jury late in the third quar­ter.

Bob Dre­bin / ISIPho­tos

Stan­ford’s Kiana Wil­liams (23) sank three three-point­ers and scored 15 points in Fri­day’s win.

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