STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- No. 15 Stanford brought home a painful
lesson from its loss to Tennessee last weekend, and the Cardinal
wanted to return the favor against their local rival.
Kristen Newlin had 12 points and 16 rebounds in helping the
Cardinal end a two-game losing streak with an 88-56 victory over
Santa Clara on Wednesday night.
"Tennessee is the most aggressive team we've seen so far and we
saw how it disrupted our offense," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer
said. "We wanted to do that to other teams. The Number One thing
we're lacking is defensive intensity and defensive pressure. I
thought we did that."
Jillian Harmon added 16 points as the Cardinal (3-3) responded
to consecutive losses to nationally ranked Tennessee and Georgia
with their biggest win of the season.
"It was important to get some confidence back quickly by being
fluid in our play," Harmon said.
Chandice Cronk scored 13 points to pace the Broncos (4-3), who
won three of their previous four. Ashley Graham added 10.
"We gave them way too many opportunities, either off our
turnovers or the offensive rebounds," Santa Clara coach Michelle
Bento-Jackson said. "There's no question their size was a factor
in offensive rebounds, especially in the first half. They were in
the right place at the right time."
Stanford outrebounded the smaller Broncos by a 54-39 margin,
including 22-10 on the offensive boards.
Newlin, one off her career high in rebounds, recorded her third
double-double, and the ninth of her career. Michelle Harrison,
Brooke Smith and Candice Wiggins each scored 13 points as Stanford
had five players in double figures for the first time in nearly a
"It definitely helps getting stronger," Newlin said. "It's
really just wanting it. Except when I'm shooting it, I always think
the ball won't go in and I want the rebound."
Stanford, the six-time defending Pac-10 champion, improved to
26-4 in the series with its local rival, including the last four in
succession. The Cardinal beat Santa Clara in the first round of
last year's NCAA tournament.
Santa Clara was limited to 6-of-15 from long range, two coming
in the final minute of play. The Broncos, who lead the West Coast
Conference in scoring offense, were also held to their season low
Stanford made a season-high eight 3-pointers on 24 attempts.
"That was our Number One priority defensively," VanDerveer
said. "Who would have thought we'd make more 3's than they would?
We knew we had to play good perimeter defense."
The Broncos closed to within 14 points before the Cardinal went
on a 16-3 run midway through the second half to take a 68-41
advantage. Stanford continued to pull away the rest of the evening.
"We didn't make adjustments when they switched on us
defensively," Cronk said. "I'm guessing we'll be working on that
Harrison reached double figures for the first time, scoring 10
of her points in the opening half.
Stanford recorded eight steals in the first seven minutes to
grab a 22-8 lead, with 16 points coming off turnovers. Stanford had
33 points off turnovers for the contest, while Santa Clara scored
The Cardinal led by as many as 19 points in the first half and
took a 46-30 into the intermission.