Cardinal corner: A pair of basketball losses into the break

Grant Shoults won the 1,650 free on Saturday. Photo by Douglas Zimmerman/

Junior Reid Travis posted his third double-double of the season with 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Stanford men's basketball team but the Cardinal lost, 76-68, to host Long Beach State Sunday.

Travis topped the 20-point mark for the seventh time this season, scoring 18 of his game-high 26 in the second half.

Reid Travis/Stanford Athletics
The Cardinal (4-6) were up by as many as five in the middle of the second half, before the 49ers (4-6) made a run to take the lead with eight minutes remaining.

Travis responded with eight consecutive Stanford points to pull the Cardinal within one point (62-61) with 3:21 to play.

Long Beach State put together an 8-0 run with less than three minutes to play and scored 14 of the final 21 points to hold off the Cardinal and seal the victory.

Freshman Isaac White came within three points of his season-high with 17 points, matching his season-high with five three-pointers in the contest. Senior Michael Humphrey was the Cardinal's third player in double figures, finishing with 13 points and six rebounds.

Stanford will take a break for final exams, returning to action on Friday, Dec. 15 against Denver at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

Women's basketball

If there's one positive from Stanford's 81-57 loss to Baylor on Sunday, it was the 39 points produced by the Cardinal bench, 27 from Shannon Coffee and Kiana Williams and the rest from Anna Wilson and Maya Dodson. They also combined to make 8-of-25 3-pointers and grabbed 14 of the team's 39 rebounds.

Williams, who averages 5.8 points a game, played a game-high 34 minutes. It may not be too long before she earns her first career start.

It took all of 2:35 into the contest before Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer made changes in the lineup. Williams went on to score all eight Stanford points in the first quarter.

Dodson, who grabbed seven rebounds, is fifth on the team with a 3.0 rebounding average despite averaging 14.4 minutes a game, ninth on the team.

Alanna Smith scored 11 points and Kaylee Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds as the Cardinal (5-4) played without Brittany McPhee for the seventh straight game.

"Beside the first quarter where we really got buried, we stayed with them," VanDerveer said. "The first quarter was disappointing. We have to evaluate the starting lineup."

Stanford is off for two weeks for finals, returning to action with a home game against UNLV at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Men's swimming

Sophomore Grant Shoults won the 1650-yard freestyle as the Stanford swimming and diving team concluded the fall season at the Texas Invitational on Saturday.

"We finished the fall strong with another great showing of character tonight, indicating we can use more rest heading into March," Cardinal coach Ted Knapp said.

Stanford took four of the top seven spots in the 1650 free. Shoults won with an NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 14:39.59 which was just two seconds ahead of sophomore teammate and runner-up True Sweetser, who touched at 14:41.48. Johannes Calloni posted the 14th-fastest time in school history with a fifth-place finish of 14:52.59, and Liam Egan claimed seventh with a time of 14:58.33.

Abrahm DeVine was sixth in the 200 backstroke. The junior from Seattle, Washington, posted a season-best time of 1:41.31.

Senior Sam Perry also registered a season-best when he clocked a 42.54 to finish fourth in the 100 free. Stanford also placed second and third in the B final as Cole Cogswell finished 10th overall at 43.35, and Andrew Liang hit the wall at 43.44.

In the 200 breaststroke, Brennan Pastore was fifth with an mark of 1:55.69 -- the best time of the season for the Cardinal. And in the 200 butterfly, Paly grad Alex Liang was 11th with a time of 1:44.67, and Brad Zdroik was 14th with a finish of 1:45.91. All three were NCAA 'B' qualifying marks.

To wrap up the meet and the Fall season, DeVine, Perry, Cogswell and Paly grad Andrew Liang finished third in the 400 free relay with an NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 2:51.00.

Stanford resumes competition on Jan. 12 at Avery Aquatic Center. The Cardinal will host Pacific at 11 a.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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