Stanford women overwhelm UCLA for Pac-12 tourney title

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Stanford will take a 14-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal completed a dominant run through the Pac-12 tournament with a 75-55 romp over UCLA in Las Vegas on Sunday night. . . Guards Kiana Williams and Lexie Hull combined for 50 points, with Williams scoring 26. Williams went 6-for-7 from beyond the arc. . . Named the tournaments Most Outstanding Player, Williams scored 20 points in a 79-45 rout of Oregon State in a semifinal Friday night when she connected on 5 of 7 from 3-point range. . My teammates have confidence in me, my coaches have confidence in me, so I have to have confidence in myself, Williams said in a Zoom news conference. . . She was wearing the spoils of winning a conference tournament. a championship T-shirt and one of the nets she and her teammates had cut from the courts baskets. . . The senior has 294 career 3-pointers, one shy of Candice Wiggins school record. . Kiana does what our team needs her to do, Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer said, and we needed her to step up like this today and she did. I think the bigger the game, the better Kiana plays. . . Haley Jones put together a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. . . Michaela Onyenwere poured in a game-high 30 points for the Bruins 16-5. . . UCLA is the last team to beat Stanford. The Bruins knocked off the Cardinal 70-66 in Santa Cruz on Jan. 22. In that game, the Bruins grabbed 21 offensive rebounds en route to a 44-31 edge on the glass. . . VanDerveer took particular satisfaction in Stanford outrebounding UCLA 38-27 on Sunday, limiting the Bruins to seven offensive boards. . . I think we have showed toughness, but we can show more and this game demanded it, VanDerveer said. It demanded that we rebound. It demanded that we play defense. Our team stepped up. . . Stanford held UCLA to a 19-for-57 33. 3% night from the floor, including 5-for-19 26. 3% from beyond the arc. . . Stanford, the regular-season Pac-12 champion, outscored its three conference-tournament opponents by a combined 93 points. . . And in the previous Sundays game against Cal at Maples Pavilion, Stanford outscored the Bears 41-8 in the second half of a 72-33 romp. . . So, in the past 3 games, Stanford 25-2 has outscored its opponents by a combined 126 points. That would lead you to believe the Cardinal will be a rather formidable force when the NCAA Tournament starts in two weeks in the San Antonio area. . . We have things that we can do better, but sometimes whether youre a coach or a player, you kind of have to enjoy the moment, VanDerveer said. Our team is very excited. Im going to look at the good things. Were going to talk about the goals that we accomplished. . . Williams thinks the Cardinals depth will prove invaluable. . . We dont have one person that you can really key on, she said. We have that Warriors Strength in Numbers mentality. . . The Cardinal did not trail Sunday. Stanford jumped to a 12-4 lead, with all of its points coming from beyond the arc, including two 3s by Williams. . . UCLA trailed 18-11 late in the first quarter. Stanford proceeded to go on a 15-0 run to enjoy a 22-point advantage midway through the second quarter. . . Williams had seven points in that 15-0 burst, and she capped it with a steal and dish to Cameron Brink for a layup. . . The Cardinal scored the final eight points of the half to take a 43-20 edge to the locker room. . . Williams opened the third quarter with a trey to put Stanford up 46-20. UCLA trimmed its deficit to 52-40 on a Charisma Osborne 3-pointer with just more than a minute left in the period, which ended with the Cardinal in front 54-40. . . UCLA cut the margin to 10 early in the fourth quarter, but the Bruins got no closer the rest of the way. . . We have business to take care of in San Antonio, my hometown, Williams said. Were going to enjoy this, but were getting ready for San Antonio. We want to be the last team standing. . . Briefly. Stanford has appeared in the conference-title game 18 times in its 20-season existence. The Cardinal improved to 14-4. The Bruins won their lone Pac-12 tournament title in 2006, beating the Cardinal 85-76 in overtime in the championship game. In the NET NCAA Evaluation Tool rankings Sunday morning, Stanford was No. 1 and UCLA No. 7.

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