No. 3 Stanford 69, Oregon 66
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ The shot came from a little farther than Kate Starbird likes to take them. Then again, she had no choice.
The last of Starbird’s 30 points came on a late 3-pointer that helped give No. 3 Stanford a 69-66 victory over Oregon on Saturday. Stanford (25-1 overall, 13-0 Pac-10) won its 20th straight over Oregon and its 40th straight in conference play.
``Kate’s got a lot of range,″ coach Tara VanDerveer said. ``She knew the shot had to go up because there was only four seconds on the shot clock. That’s why Kate’s an All-American _ she makes big plays.″
``I hope the first round of the tournament isn’t this tough,″ Starbird said.
Starbird took an inbound pass and hit the long-range 3-pointer to put the Cardinal up 66-60 with 2:16 left in the game.
``I’m pretty lucky it went in,″ said Starbird, who was 4-of-10 from 3-point range.
``You’ve got to have a little luck somewhere. I usually don’t practice from out there.″
Starbird, who averages 22.5 points a game, increased her career point total to 2,046, 31 shy of Val Whiting’s Stanford career record.
Jamila Wideman scored 14 points for Stanford and Olympia Scott added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Stanford jumped to an 11-5 lead with Starbird scoring six points and Wideman adding five. Oregon (16-6, 9-4) countered with a 9-0 run to lead 14-11.
Oregon ran its lead to 27-19 before the Cardinal rallied to lead 36-34 at the half.
``I think that the effort was great, especially during the first half,″ Oregon coach Jody Runge said. ``In the second half, we just couldn’t seem to get a string of good things to happen.″
Starbird extended the Stanford lead to five with a 3-pointer early in the second half, but Oregon went on a 16-4 run led by Lisa Bowyer’s seven points to lead 50-43 midway through the second half.
Starbird then scored six points during a 14-3 Cardinal run that gave Stanford a 57-53 lead. But 3-pointers by Mendy Benson and Arianne Boyer gave the Ducks a 59-57 lead.
Finally, Starbird’s 3-pointer off a screen sealed the game for the Cardinal.
``The clock was running down and I didn’t like what we were running,″ VanDerveer said. ``So we set it up for Kate and we got some good screens.″
Added Boyer, ``We didn’t call for help and didn’t switch our screens like we should have and she got the open shot.″
Boyer led the Ducks with 15 points and nine rebounds and Renae Fegent added 14 points and nine rebounds.
Bowyer had 10 points and four assists.
Oregon was effective inside for much of the first half with center Jenny Mowe scoring nine points and Fegent adding six. But Stanford made adjustments at the half and was able to reduce Oregon’s inside threat.
``They were getting going high and in,″ Starbird said. ``That was really tough for us to stop, so we had to go in there with a bunch of different defenses.″