DiJonai Carrington scored 14 of her 24 points in an explosive second quarter and the Stanford women's basketball rallied to beat Kent State, 79-59, Thursday in an opening-round contest of the Play4Kay Shootout in Las Vegas.
Alanna Smith added 15 points, eight rebounds and blocked three shots as the Cardinal (3-2) won its third straight after dropping two games to top-10 teams. Nadia Fingall added 11 points and Marta Sniezek had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Carrington added 10 rebounds, four assists and was 10 of 14 from the field for the Cardinal, which plays Belmont, a 71-63 winner over Gonzaga, at 8 p.m. Friday.
A 30-point second quarter, despite a long scoring drought that started in the first quarter, erased a five-point deficit and gave Stanford a 19-point edge at one point.
The Golden Flashes (3-2) did not go away, making things interesting in the second half as the Cardinal continued to have some difficulties on offense. They pulled within 10 on two occasions before Stanford extended the lead over the final four minutes.
After scoring two points over a 6:52 period that spanned the first and second quarters, Stanford took over the court, doing everything right over the next 4:41 while Kent State could do nothing right.
The Golden Flashes held a 25-20 advantage with 6:57 remaining to play in the second quarter.
Smith scored seven of the next 11 points in what turned into a 24-0 Cardinal run. Stanford made seven of its first eight shots to start the run and was 10 of 13 overall.
The Cardinal also held a 9-0 advantage on the boards, recorded seven assists and made three steals.
Kent State was 0-for-4 from the field, 0-for-2 from the foul line and committed four turnovers.
Stanford took a 48-30 halftime lead.