Of local note: USA women advance to water polo semi


Stanford senior Gabby Stone recorded 10 saves and the USA women's national water polo team beat Canada, 13-7, Saturday to reach the semifinals of the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan.

Six different players scored two goals, including Stanford's Jordan Raney and Jamie Neushul and incoming Cardinal freshman Aria Fischer. Stanford grad Kiley Neushul added a goal and two assists.

Gabby Stone
Team USA meets Japan on Sunday with a berth in the gold medal match at stake. Japan outscored Italy, 17-15, to advance. Russia and Hungary meet in the other semifinal.

Canada scored just over a minute into the game to take the early advantage. It didn't last for long.

Team USA responded with six unanswered goals to open a lead it never relinquished.

UC Irvine's Mary Brooks scored the first two and Jamie Neushul, who also had a pair of field blocks, added the next two.

Raney and California's Stephanie Mutafyan, who was 2-for-2 in shooting, added two more goals.

Team USA went 5-of-6 on power plays and Canada was 4-of-8.

Women's swimming

Stanford junior Ella Eastin has many reasons to smile. Earning a gold medal at a major international event is one of them.

Days after earning a pair of silver medals at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, Eastin added a gold, winning the 200-meter fly in 2:08.21.

(Cover picture from YouTube)

Women's basketball

Matchups have changed for the Countdown to Columbus event at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 12 and Stanford will now face Connecticut instead of Louisville. The game between the Cardinal and Huskies will tip at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT and air on ESPN.

Team travel and television logistics required a change in opponents. When the Countdown to Columbus was first announced in April, the original matchups were Stanford against Louisville and Ohio State against Connecticut. The Cardinals and Buckeyes will now play following Stanford and Connecticut.

Stanford’s season-opener in Columbus against Ohio State in the Buckeyes’ historic St. John Arena on Friday, Nov. 10 remains unchanged.

The Cardinal is 7-10 all-time against Connecticut. Stanford knocked off the No. 1 Huskies 88-86 in overtime in the teams’ last meeting on Nov. 17, 2014 to snap UConn’s 47-game winning streak.

Stanford is coming off a 32-6 season that included its 13th Final Four appearance and 12th Pac-12 Tournament championship

— Stanford Athletics

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