No. 10 Stanford tops Washington St 66-36 in Pac-12 tourney
SEATTLE (AP) - Karlie Samuelson had 21 points and 10th-ranked Stanford scored the first 21 points of the game on the way to a 66-36 victory over Washington State in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals Friday night.
Stanford (26-5) advanced to Saturday's semifinals against No. 11 Washington or Oregon.
The Cardinal improved to 62-0 against Washington State, which missed its first 11 field goal attempts.
Stanford was never threatened after its early outburst. The Cardinal led 26-8 after one quarter, 39-19 at halftime and 54-30 entering the final period.
Brittany McPhee added 12 points for Stanford.
Ivana Kmetovska had 10 points for Washington State (12-19).
Washington State: The Cougars were 5-2 before three of their top players went down with injuries. Borislava Hirstova (14.7 points per game) has been out since Dec. 8 with a broken foot, Louise Brown (10.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg) has been sidelined since Dec. 2, also with a broken foot, and Chanelle Molina (12.8 ppg, 3.7 apg) has been out since Jan. 13 with a torn ACL.
Stanford: The Cardinal have won 11 of the 15 Pac-12 Tournament titles. Of the ranked teams remaining in the event, Stanford has lost twice to sixth-ranked Oregon State, split with No. 15 UCLA and defeated 11th-ranked Washington.
Washington State: After tying California for seventh place in the Pac-12 at 6-12, Washington State could still receive the league's automatic qualifier bid to the WNIT. The top team from the conference that does not make the NCAA Tournament earns a spot in the WNIT.
Stanford: Faces the winner of the Washington-Oregon game in Saturday's semifinals.