Brink and Wilson lead No. 2 Stanford over Washington
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Anna Wilson stole an inbound pass and scored the go-ahead basket with 1:05 left, and No. 2 Stanford avoided a major upset by beating Washington 63-56 on Saturday.
“Fantastic flight,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “For me, she is the defensive player of the year. She is usually the one who defends and forces the bad punches. It was a big steal and she made the lay-up.
Cameron Brink had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford (25-3, 16-0 Pac-12), including two critical defensive boards the final 40 seconds. Lexie Hull added 15 points.
Wilson made three of four free throws in the final 34 seconds to make it a two possession game when the Huskies (7-15, 2-12) called a timeout with 22 seconds left.
Lauren Schwartz scored 16 points to lead Washington, which entered a two-game winning streak after losing its first 11 conference games. TT Watkins had 10 points.
“I’m proud of how we kept fighting,” Washington coach Tina Langley said. “It’s about getting better every day and we’re committed to that.”
Stanford has 17 straight wins overall and 31 in a row over Pac-12 opponents, which includes the playoffs.
Stanford never led by more than five points until the final 3.5 seconds.
“We weren’t good at getting the ball in the basket,” VanDerveer said. “Thank God we did other things.”
Schwartz hit a drive-thru layup to open the fourth quarter, giving Washington a 48-47 advantage. The Huskies held the lead until Wilson’s basket.
Schwartz scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the first half, helping the Huskies go 34-32 at halftime.
Washington: The Huskies have led at halftime in 10 games this season, winning four of them. They held the lead for 13:49 of the first half. The last time Washington defeated a Top 5 opponent was at Maryland in March 2016. … Schwartz, who trailed Rice’s Langley, recorded his third straight double-digit game, a season best.
Stanford: The Cardinal trailed at halftime for the second time at home this season and the first time against a team outside the Top 25. Overall, they are 6-1 when trailing at half-time. … Stanford is 42-2 when Hannah Jump makes a 3-pointer.
Washington: Opens Pac-12 tournament as the No. 12 seed, faces No. 5 Colorado on Wednesday.
Stanford: Has a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed, plays Thursday against No. 8 Oregon State or No. 9 Arizona State.
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