Stanford women use big second half to beat the Dons

Freshman Kiana Williams made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points in Stanford's win over USF. Photo by Bob Drebin/

Alanna Smith had 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, DiJonai Carrington added 19 points and the 16th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team rallied to beat host USF, 86-66, in a nonconference contest Wednesday night.

Kiana Williams added 17 points and Alexa Romano had 13 for the Cardinal (5-3), which travels to Baylor for a nonconference game at 11 a.m. Sunday. Stanford goes on a two-week break for finals afterward.

Kiana Williams/Stanford Athletics
Kaylee Johnson grabbed 14 rebounds as Stanford held a 46-38 edge in rebounding. Williams was 5-of-9 from 3-point range and the Cardinal was 15-of-31.

Stanford made 11 of its 21 attempts (.524) from behind the arc in the third and fourth quarters, a school record for 3-pointers in a half. The 15 made tied for the third-most in program history.

Carrington and Williams hit consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter to put Stanford ahead to stay and sparking a 62-point second-half.

USF led, 24-15, with 5:48 to play in the second quarter. Stanford closed the gap to 28-24 by halftime and then exploded out of the locker room, hitting its first six shots, to complete the turnaround.

The Cardinal outscored the Dons (2-4) by a 71-42 margin over the final 25:48.

Brittany McPhee, Stanford's leading scorer at 16.5, missed her fourth-straight game with a right-foot injury.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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