Stanford tops Oregon St and wins Pac-12 regular season title
The win also clinched the Pac-12 regular season title for the defending national champions.
“Pac-12 is one of the best conferences in the country, so playing the way we’ve played and continuing to improve through the Pac-12 season is great,” said Stanford junior guard Haley Jones, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds. “That’s what we want for the rest of March and April.”
In a testament to the Cardinal’s depth, leading scorer Cameron Brink played just eight minutes due to a foul issue. She scored five points.
“Cam got in foul trouble. It’ll just have her fresh for Sunday (at Oregon),” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.
Hannah Jump led a strong performance from the Stanford bench with 13 points, including 3 straight fourth-quarter points that sparked the deciding 14-0 run. Francesca Belibi contributed seven points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
“Those 3-pointers were the dagger,” Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said.
Oregon State (12-10, 5-7 Pac-12) lost for the fifth time in six games. Talia von Oelhoffen led the Beavers with 16 points and Taya Corosdale added 11.
The Beavers’ last five opponents were nationally ranked.
“They gave us a battle,” VanDerveer said.
Oregon State stayed within striking distance until the fourth quarter.
Anna Wilson’s steal and layup extended Stanford’s lead to 71-53 with 6:34 remaining. Stanford outscored the Beavers 27-14 in the fourth quarter.
Hull scored 12 points in the first half, helping Stanford to a 36-27 lead at the break.
Brink and Hull committed their third fouls early in the third quarter and remained on the bench for the remainder of the period.
Oregon State closed 45-41 on two free throws from Taya Corosdale. But, Stanford finished the quarter strong and led 60-49 going into the fourth quarter.
The Beavers never came within nine points the rest of the way.
Stanford: The Cardinal have won 14 straight since losing to No. 1 South Carolina and are in prime position to receive a No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed. With four starters returning from last season’s national championship team, Stanford is poised for another long run in the tournament.
Oregon State: The Beavers will likely need to win a few games in the Pac-12 Tournament to secure their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Losing second-year forward Taylor Jones, who was limited to nine games before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in February, was a blow. Jones was second on the team in points and rebounds.
Stanford: At Oregon on Sunday.
Oregon State: Host California on Sunday.
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