After upsetting Cal, UA women's basketball receives rude awakening from No. 6 Stanford
Arizona player tries to fake past Stanford during the Arizona-Stanford game on Jan. 13, 2019 at McKale Center. The Wildcats lost the game 78- 48.
Arizona women’s basketball has had an impressive season so far, knocking off two top-25 teams.
On Sunday, however, the Wildcats were given a glimpse into the play of a top-10 basketball team, and it was a rude awakening. No. 6 Stanford came into McKale Center and thoroughly defeated the Wildcats 78-48, dropping Arizona to 13-3 overall, 2-2 in Pac-12 play.
Every time the Wildcats would score, Stanford had an answer. Every time the ‘Cats would get a big defensive stop, the Cardinal had one of its own.
“Stanford really had us on our heels,” head coach Adia Barnes said. “Hitting shots, making us pay if we don’t switch fast. I felt like, in the first half, they got any shot they wanted.”
Stanford jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, but after that, the first quarter shifted to a defensive stalemate, with both teams struggling to put the ball in the hoop. The Cardinal held the lead after one quarter, 21-12.
The second quarter was also an impressive defensive showing, but only for the Cardinal. Stanford outscored the Wildcats 23-4 in the quarter and went into halftime with a 44-16 lead. Arizona was shooting just 19 percent when the halftime buzzer rang and shot just 1-11 from 3-point range.
Things didn’t get any better in the third quarter for the ‘Cats, as Stanford increased its lead to 35 points and led 62-27. Arizona made a dent in the Stanford lead in the fourth, but only marginally, with the final score ending in a 30-point Cardinal win.
Arizona had only one player in double figures: redshirt sophomore Aari McDonald. After scoring 30 points in three straight contests, she couldn't make in four in a row, posting 17 points on 6-22 shooting and added eight rebounds.
“I think they just made her work really hard,” Barnes said of Stanford's defense against McDonald. “We can’t rely on Aari having 30 points a game. It’s just not realistic, and it’s not how you’re gonna win long term.”
The ‘Cats didn’t get a point from their bench until late in the fourth quarter, with the bench finishing with a total of four points. Conversely, the Stanford bench finished with 22 points.
Shooting was the problem of the day for the Wildcats, finishing a disappointing 27 percent from the field and just 24 percent from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats will look to put this loss behind them, as they travel north for a pair of weekend games versus the ranked Oregon schools. First up is No. 10 Oregon State on Friday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.
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