Stanford dominated the first half with a balanced attack led by Williams and Hall. The Cardinal used 12-5 in the first quarter and 11-3 to start the second quarter to finally take a 23-point lead at the end of the first half.
Onyen was UCLA’s only bright spot in the first half, scoring 13 points. She was 5-to-11 from the ground while the rest of the team was 2 out of 15 (.133).
“I feel even more disappointed that we played less than the process and the commitment to what we said we would do, the lack of urgency and commitment to the match plan and rebound,” said UCLA coach Cory Close. “I mean, we didn’t do anything in the first half we said we’d do it. And that’s the thing that really stings.”
UCLA began making its way back into the game after Williams gave 3 indicators to Stanford the biggest lead in 26 with 9:19 left in the third quarter and got in within 12 after 20-6. But Stanford regained his composure, taking a 16-point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter behind nine points from Hull, never looking back to claim a victory. Stanford fired 80% in the fourth quarter.
“Today we showed some resilience against a very good team,” said Vandever.
UCLA: The fight to find the Cardinal’s offense and defense must have ended with a tough decision on how to use rookie Natalie Cho. The first goalkeeper served as a defensive stopper in the team’s first two matches, came with the second-best 35 robberies, and was the third-best team scorer. Bruins with a score of 10.3 points per game. Chu, who averaged just over 30 minutes per game, played 10 minutes in the first half and finished with 26 minutes.