STANFORD, Calif. — Arizona coach Niya Butts has had no choice but to turn to a lot of talking and teaching through film study. There is no scrimmaging 5 on 5 when you only have six players.
The short-handed Wildcats couldn’t sustain a fast-paced start, given their limitations to substitute, and lost 74-48 at No. 6 Stanford on Sunday.
Bonnie Samuelson knocked down five three-pointers on the way to 17 points, all scored in the first half, as the Cardinal moved closer to a 14th straight conference regular-season crown.
“Obviously a tough game for us to play,” Butts said. “Stanford, a credit to them for taking care of business and knocking down shots. We were actually playing a little bit too fast, though we’re better in that element, we just didn’t have enough bodies to continue that. Initially that was working for us, getting out to shooters, running them off the three-point line.”
LaBrittney Jones scored 11 points for Arizona (5-20, 1-13), which went cold in the first half and couldn’t recover against the dominant play of Stanford on both ends of the floor.
Chiney Ogwumike scored 11 of her 15 points during a decisive run late in the first half that put the game away for the Cardinal (24-2, 12-2 Pac-12), who earned their 24th consecutive victory against the short-handed Wildcats.
“Catch and shoot is their best thing. If they catch and shoot and get those kind of shots, they’re hardly going to miss those shots,” Butts said.
Injury-plagued Arizona had only six healthy players after senior guard Carissa Crutchfield sprained an ankle in a 63-49 loss at California on Friday night and hobbled in a walking boot.
UA led 11-8 early Sunday before Stanford went on a 28-2 run to take a 36-13 lead. The Cardinal were up 48-19 at halftime and extended the lead to 61-21 early in the second half.
No. 22 California 74, No. 15 Arizona State 63: In Berkeley, Calif., Afure Jemerigbe had 23 points for Cal (18-7, 10-4).
- In other Pac-12 games, Oregon State topped USC 58-48, Washington edged Utah 67-66 and Washington State beat Colorado 80-77.
No. 1 Connecticut 63, South Florida 38: In Tampa, Fla., Bria Hartley scored 18 points and Breanna Stewart and Stefanie Dolson each had 15 for UConn (26-0, 13-0).
No. 18 Kentucky 75, No. 8 Tennessee 71: In Knoxville, Tenn., Jennifer O’Neill scored 24 points and sparked a comeback as Kentucky (19-6, 7-5) won in Knoxville for the first time since 1985.
UA-Stanford box score, B4