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McPhee leads No. 9 Stanford women to 72-52 victory over Utah

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McPhee leads No. 9 Stanford women to 72-52 victory over Utah

By Rick Eymer, Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 8, 2016 at 10:12 p.m.



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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Brittany McPhee and Lili Thompson each scored 16 points and No. 9 Stanford rebounded from its lowest points total in history to beat Utah 72-52 on Friday night.

Karlie Samuelson added 13 points for the Cardinal (12-3, 2-1 Pac-12). They lost to No. 14 Arizona State 49-31 on Monday night.

Erica McCall had 10 points and 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double to help Stanford win for the sixth time in seven games.

Paige Crozon scored 16 points to lead the Utes (10-4, 2-1). They had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Emily Potter, who averages 17.3 points and 12.3 rebounds, was held to nine points and four rebounds.

Stanford led by 17 early in the fourth quarter.

Potter scored the opening basket of the third quarter to tie the game for the Utes before Stanford went on a 14-2 run to take control of the contest. McPhee scored six points during the run, with Thompson and Erica McCall each adding four.

Samuelson had a steal and layup at the buzzer to give the Cardinal a 55-40 lead going into the final quarter.

The Cardinal, looking more like the team that struggled Monday in the loss to Arizona State, missed six of their first eight shots and turned the ball over three times as Utah built a 10-4 edge.

Stanford, sparked by McPhee off the bench, responded with a 9-2 run to finish the first quarter. McPhee scored the final five points of the period.

The Cardinal eventually held a 30-28 advantage at halftime, just one point less than they scored the entire game against the Sun Devils.

TIP INS:

Utah: The Utes finished 9-21 last season and played all but five games without four key players, including Potter and Katie Kuklok, both of whom missed the whole season. Devri Owens and Malia Nawahine missed 24 games and 27 games, respectively. ... Utah entered play 9-0 when scoring at least 60 points and 8-0 when limiting opponents to 70 points or fewer.

Stanford: Freshman guard Marta Sniezek was in the starting lineup for the third time. She started Stanford's first two games, becoming the 12th true freshman to start a season opener since 2000-01. ... Cardinal starters were a combined 12-of-50 (24 percent) from the floor in last weekend's games at Arizona and Arizona State. They accounted for 36 of Stanford's 90 points.

UP NEXT:

Utah plays at California on Sunday.

Stanford hosts Colorado on Sunday.

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Rick Eymer

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