The Washington Post Sunday

Cardinal ends Bears’ 36-game regular season win streak



Stanford’s Shannon Coffee didn’t give Kalani Brown much room to maneuver in the paint, a defensive effort that helped the Cardinal build a big lead on thirdranke­d Baylor.

Coffee’s rare display of threepoint shooting was just as critical, providing the spark Tara VanDerveer’s team needed to close out its most significan­t win of the season.

Alanna Smith had 21 points and eight rebounds, Coffee made a key three-pointer late in the fourth quarter, and the 11thranked Cardinal held on to beat the previously undefeated Bears, 68-63, on Saturday in Stanford, Calif.

Kiana Williams had 13 points and five assists, DiJonai Carrington scored 10 points, and the Cardinal (7-1) ended the Bears’ 36-game winning streak in the regular season.

The 6-foot-5 Coffee set season highs with nine points and 19 minutes.

Coffee entered the day averaging fewer than five minutes per game.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 84, MAINE 46: The 10th-ranked Wolfpack hasn’t started a season this well in nearly two decades. Coach Wes Moore couldn’t remember a better start to a game.

North Carolina State routed Maine in Raleigh, N.C., behind a career-high 14 points from Kayla Jones.

Aislinn Konig and Elissa Cunane added 11 points apiece, and Kiara Leslie and Grace Hunter each scored 10 for the Wolfpack (11-0), which had an easy time extending the second-best start in program history.

LOUISVILLE 92, NORTHERN KENTUCKY 59: Dana Evans understand­s her role for the fourth-ranked Cardinals is to provide a spark off the bench. The sophomore guard did that and more.

Evans scored a career-high 21 points and tied her career best with four steals to lead host Louisville to a rout of the Norse. It’s the seventh time in Louisville’s past eight games that the former McDonald’s all-American reached double figures.

Coach Jeff Walz said Evans could easily start for the Cardinals (11-0), who lost just one player from last year’s Final Four squad.

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