NO. 6 STAN­FORD 78, ARI­ZONA 48 Car­di­nal romp, stop na­tion’s high­est scorer

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - By Bob Baum Bob Baum is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

TUC­SON — The Ari­zona women’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram is in the midst of a resur­gence. The Wild­cats had beaten two ranked teams in a row at home. Then No. 6 Stan­ford came to town and re­stored the nat­u­ral or­der of things in the Pac-12.

Alanna Smith scored 20 points, DiJonai Car­ring­ton added 19 and the Car­di­nal rolled past Ari­zona 78-48 on Sun­day to com­plete a two-game Pac-12 sweep in the desert.

“They’re tough. They play re­ally well, smart,” Ari­zona head coach Adia Barnes said, “and they ex­ploit ev­ery weak­ness that you have as a team.”

Smith made four 3-point­ers, grabbed 14 re­bounds and blocked seven shots for the Car­di­nal, who turned the game into a rout with a 27-0 run at the end of the first half and the start of the sec­ond.

“Ev­ery­one’s a weapon, ev­ery­one’s a threat,” Smith said. “That’s what makes it easy for us of­fen­sively be­cause it opens the floor, it spreads it out. We’re driv­ing in and make pitches to any­body — easy money.”

Ari­zona’s Aari McDon­ald, who en­tered the game as the na­tion’s lead­ing scorer at 26 points per game, scored 17 but was 6-for-22 from the field and missed all six at­tempts from 3-point range.

“Aari McDon­ald is a ter­rific player,” Stan­ford head coach Tara VanDerveer said. “We tried to guard by com­mit­tee and have a lot of peo­ple on her.”

The Wild­cats shot 26 per­cent, 5-for-21 on 3s, and had to pick up the pace in the fi­nal quar­ter to bring up the per­cent­age.

“They made Aari re­ally work and take tough shots,” Barnes said. “That’s what’s go­ing to hap­pen. She was lead­ing the coun­try in scor­ing. She’s one of the best guards in the coun­try, so we have to find a way to get two or three more peo­ple to score.”

Stan­ford (14-1, 4-0 Pac-12), mean­while, shot 44 per­cent and was 13-for-31 on 3s.

Ari­zona (13-3, 3-2) had beaten ranked op­po­nents — Ari­zona State and Cal — in its past two home games, but the Wild­cats were no match for Stan­ford.

The Car­di­nal led by as many as 38 in beat­ing the Wild­cats for the 32nd time in their past 33 meet­ings.

Ari­zona shot 19 per­cent (7-for-36) in the first half, mak­ing 2 of 15 shots in the sec­ond quar­ter, when the Wild­cats were outscored 23-4. Stan­ford made 9 of 12 shots in the sec­ond quar­ter, in­clud­ing 5 of 6 3-point tries.

“We pride our­selves on our de­fense,” Smith said. “That’s some­thing Stan­ford’s done for years and years. Es­pe­cially in this game, you’ve got to pride your­self in get­ting stops.”

Ja­cob Snow / Icon Sportswire via Getty Im­ages

Stan­ford guard DiJonai Car­ring­ton goes for a layup in the Car­di­nal’s rout of Ari­zona. Car­ring­ton scored 19 points. Stan­ford has beaten the Wild­cats in 32 of their past 33 meet­ings.

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