Cardinal corner: Women's basketball loses to Huskies


No. 10 Stanford never got untracked and fell to top-ranked Connecticut, 78-53, in a nonconference women's basketball game played at Ohio State on Sunday.

Sophomore DiJonai Carrington came off the bench and scored 21 points to lead the Cardinal (0-2), which hosts UC Riverside in its home opener at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Huskies dominated from the opening tip, shooting 51 percent from the field. The score was tied at four when Connecticut made its next five shots and never looked back.

The Huskies outscored the Cardinal, 23-4, in the third quarter and eventually led by 42 points late in the period.

Alanna Smith had eight points and 10 rebounds while Brittany McPhee scored nine points on 3 of 12 shooting and blocked a pair of shots.

Kiana Williams played 16 minutes for Stanford, second only to McPhee's 32 minutes. She scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds.

Carrington, who played 25 minutes, was 8-of-15 from the field, 3-of-8 from 3-point land.

The Cardinal committed 22 turnovers, leading to 32 points for the Huskies. Connecticut also outscored the Cardinal, 9-0, in second-chance points.

Men's water polo

Thanks to UCLA's 12-11 win over USC in sudden victory overtime, Stanford carries the No. 1 seed into this weekend's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament at Avery Aquatic Center.

Stanford and California officially share the MPSF regular-season title but the Cardinal (18-3) earned the top seed by winning the Big Splash last week.

Stanford plays its first match at 3 p.m. against the Trojans (22-3) and will play again at 6 p.m. against No. 5 seed Penn State Behrend. USC plays Penn State Behrand at 10 a.m.

The Cardinal is guaranteed a bye into Sunday's championship action and will play either UCLA or Cal in the third-place game at 11 a.m. or the championship game at 1 p.m.

The top four teams in the MPSF are also the top four teams in the CWPA Top 20 poll.

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