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McCall soars in Stanford's nonconference win over GWU


Erica McCall recorded her third double-double in as many games, Lili Thompson added 21 points and six assists and No. 15 Stanford beat visiting No. 22 George Washington, 84-63, in a nonconference women's basketball contest Saturday.

The Cardinal (3-0), winners of 17 straight home openers, returns to Maples for another nonconference game, hosting Santa Clara, on Monday night at 7 p.m. Stanford is 29-4 all-time against the nearby WCC school.

Stanford, in partnership with Nike N7 to honor Native American Heritage Month, will wear N7-inspired turquoise uniforms against the Broncos. Turquoise represents harmony, friendship and fellowship in Native American culture.

McCall, who had 18 points to go with 10 rebounds, recorded two double-doubles all of last season, when she averaged 5.6 points and 5.4 rebounds a contest.

"Bird is playing great," Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. "She's a double-double machine."

That's not surprising to Thompson, who scored 20-plus points for the seventh time in her career and the sixth time in November.

"She's obviously a big team of the team both offensively and defensively," Thompson said. "We know how hard she works."

George Washington, which led by as many as eight points in the first half, took a 26-25 advantage when Jonquel Jones hit a 3-pointer with 6:12 remaining to play in the second quarter. Jones, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the first half.

"The girl is good," McCall said. "She can create her own shots."

Stanford took over from there, going on a 19-2 run en route to a 46-30 halftime lead.

"They're a good rebounding team and they know how to use their bodies to push us underneath," McCall said. "We had to use our bodies to push back."

The Colonials (2-1), who led the nation in rebounding margin last year, held an 18-3 advantage in offense boards through two quarters. The Cardinal held them to six offensive rebounds the rest of the way.

Karlie Samuelson, who scored 17 points, had the task of slowing Jones down in the second half. The reigning Atlantic-10 Player of the Year was limited to seven points and seven rebounds in the second half.

"Karlie did a really good job on her," VanDerveer said. "Everyone saw one of the top players in the country."

Cardinal freshman Alanna Smith added 10 points as Stanford's bench outscored the Colonials' bench by a 21-6 margin. Kaylee Johnson added 10 rebounds.

Men's water polo

Stanford outscored Long Beach State, 4-0, in the first quarter and never looked back en route to an 18-8 victory over the 49ers in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Junior Jackson Kimbell scored a season-high four goals to lead the Cardinal, which advanced to Sunday's fifth-place game against UC Irvine at 1 p.m. The Anteaters beat UC Santa Barbara, 7-4, to advance.

Stanford led Long Beach State, 9-1, after the first half, using three goals from Kimbell, a pair of scores from Connor Stapleton, Justin Roberto and Blake Parrish, and a goal from Bret Bonanni in the first 16 minutes.

The Cardinal scored six more in the third quarter and added three goals in the fourth to earn the 18-8 victory.

Along with Kimbell's four goals, Stanford also used multiple scores from Stapleton (3), Parrish (3), Adam Abdulhamid (2) and Cody Smith (2) in Saturday's victory.

Junior goalie Drew Holland recorded 12 saves in the cage for the Cardinal, before handing it over to Oliver Lewis, who had four saves in the final period.

Bonanni pushed his school-record scoring total 354 with his goal against the 49ers on Saturday.

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