Carrington’s heave to end 3rd quarter sparks Cardinal
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TEMPE, Ariz. — DiJonai Carrington puts up half-court shots every practice despite admonishments from her head coach. Practice only game shots, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer tells her junior guard.
No. 6 Stanford 72, No. 19 ASU 65 Tara VanDerveer
So when Carrington hit a momentum-changing halfcourt shot at the end of the third quarter, she had a message for her coach: That’s a game shot.
Alanna Smith scored 25 points and Carrington ignited a key run with her half-court heave, helping the No. 6 Cardinal hold off No. 19 Arizona State 72-65 on Friday night.
“She practices it, so it wasn’t
surprising,” VanDerveer said. “She can make that shot.”
Stanford (13-1, 3-0 Pac-12) led by 12 at halftime before Arizona State (11-4, 2-2) responded in the third quarter.
The Sun Devils cut the deficit to 48-47, but Carrington buried a half-court shot at the buzzer to begin a 9-0 Cardinal run. She finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
“We kind of had some what I call knucklehead plays (in the third), but I thought we regrouped really well,” VanDerveer said. “We were able to find a way to win.”
Charnea Johnson-Chapman had 16 points for ASU, which went 4-for-19 from long range.
“We’ve got to be better. You have to play for 40 minutes, and we’re not,” ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “We’re not playing team offense, we’re not executing our game plan.”
The Cardinal opened up Pac-12 play with a sweep of the Southern California schools, beating USC by eight, UCLA by six. Arizona 60, No. 24 Cal 55