Junior Alexa Romano had never scored more than seven points in a game until Sunday, though she's shown signs of being an effective scorer.
Romano scored a career-high 13 points and only needed six shots in her third career start to accomplish it in No. 14 Stanford's 57-34 nonconference women's basketball win over visiting Cal State Bakersfield.
Alexa Romano/Al Chang
"It's exciting to see Alexa playing so well," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "With so many young players, it's key. We're asking them to do different things. For us to play nine people double-digit minutes. That hasn't happened in a long time."
Part of that is the absence of Brittany McPhee, the team's leading scorer, who missed her second game with a right foot injury.
"I think it's important for her to completely heal and not rush back," VanDerveer said. "In the meantime, it's all good good. Look at the minutes Alexa is getting. It gives her experience and builds her confidence. "
Alana Smith went a perfect 4-of-4 from the field in the opening period and finished the game with eight points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Anna Wilson knocked down three 3-pointers in the second quarter and the Roadrunners missed all 11 of their field goal attempts and Stanford stretched the lead to 36-16.
Although Stanford kept the lead above 15 points throughout the second half, the Cardinal made just 4 of 15 shots in the third quarter and 2 of 14, 1 of 10 from long range, in the fourth, a shooting percent of 21 for the half.
Stanford outrebounded CSU Bakersfield 44-30 and grabbed 11 offensive boards. Maya Dodson pulled down four rebounds and scored a season-high eight points while Kaylee Johnson chipped in seven and to go along with six boards.
DiJonai Carrington contributed two steals, a team-high seven rebounds and the Cardinal held the Roadrunners to 24 percent shooting.
Stanford travels to the Paly4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas and meets Kent State (3-1) in the opening round on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.