STANFORD, Calif. — DiJonai Carrington knocked down a key jumper with 24 seconds left and scored 30 points, Alanna Smith hit consecutive 3-pointers during a key third-quarter burst, and No. 6 Stanford rallied past scrappy UCLA in the second half for an 86-80 win Sunday.
Sophomore forward Alyssa Jerome made a baseline 3 for the Cardinal (12-1, 2-0 Pac-12) with 1:03 to play after moving into Tara VanDerveer’s top five for her second career start. Jerome replaced forward Nadia Fingall, who was lost for the season to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee suffered Friday night.
Michaela Onyenwere made a pair of free throws with 2:26 remaining to cut Stanford’s lead to 75-73 before Kiana Williams answered with a 3 on the other end in a back-and-forth finish.
This game during the opening weekend of conference play provided a glimpse of just how balanced the Pac-12 looks to be.
Smith had 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Cardinal ran their home winning streak at Maples Pavilion to 18 games. Smith shot 1 for 7 in the first half then hit consecutive 3-pointers midway through the third quarter during an 18-3 Stanford run — including 13-0 — as the Cardinal took a 56-50 lead.
Carrington shot 11 for 18 and she and Smith each had three 3-pointers. Carrington converted a three-point play on Stanford’s first possession of the third to get her team within six, then Williams drove for a layup the next time down to make it 47-43. Williams finished with 21 points and 10 assists.
Japreece Dean scored 22 points to lead UCLA (9-6, 2-1), which had pulled off an impressive 84-79 overtime win against No. 18 California on Friday night in Berkeley.
The Bruins shot 7 of 9 from deep in the first half and used a 16-3 run to go ahead 40-29 at the 5:20 mark of the second quarter. They led 45-38 at the break.
Kennedy Burke and Dean each made 3 of her initial 4 shots while Dean scored eight straight during one first-quarter stretch as UCLA jumped out to an early 17-6 lead.
Onyenwere, coming off a 29-point performance at Cal on 12-for-22 shooting, had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Stanford, which had trailed at halftime of its 72-64 win Friday night against USC, began the game 2 for 10 but got back within 24-23 after the initial quarter.
Fingall was injured in the third quarter Friday night and an MRI exam Saturday revealed the injury. Surgery is likely once swelling subsides in the knee. She was averaging 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Cardinal.
UCLA: UCLA had six more steals after getting 10 vs. Cal. ... After the Bruins forced Cal into 11 first-half turnovers and 19 in all, Stanford committed nine by the break and 15 total. ... UCLA outrebounded Cal 39-37 on Friday, then held a 38-37 edge on Stanford.
Stanford: Stanford is 95-6 in its last 101 Pac-12 home games. ... The Cardinal beat No. 11 UCLA 76-65 at Maples on Dec. 29, 2017, to snap a six-game losing streak against ranked teams. UCLA won the second meeting at home last Jan. 21, 64-53. ... After the game, Stanford planned a remembrance for 30-year women’s basketball office mangaer Dee Dee Zawaydeh-Johnson along with loyal fan Marian Cortesi.
UCLA: Faces its third straight ranked opponent when Oregon State visits Friday night.
Stanford: At Arizona State on Friday night.
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