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Brink’s big day helps No. 2 Stanford hold off Cal

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BERKELEY — Stanford needed all the stops as the clock ticked as Leilani McIntosh matched Cameron Brink’s basket to a basket.

Tara VanDerveer’s young Cardinal endured a fierce road contest knowing her young team would definitely benefit in time for the NCAA Tournament in March.

Hayley Jones scored a go-ahead layup with 1:17 left and Cameron Brink had 25 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots.-56 on Sunday.

Stanford forward Cameron Brink will have a shot against Cal in the second half of the NCAA basketball game at Berkeley on Sunday. (D. Ross Cameron – Associated Press)

“It could be a very good game for the team in the long run,” says VanDerveer. “It felt like a root canal in the short term.”

The Santa Cruz native had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Cardinals (16-1, 4-0 Pac-12) lost 76-71 in overtime to No. 1 South Carolina. Since then, they have extended their winning streak to 11 games. November 20th.

Interestingly, both Blink and McIntosh made mistakes at the last minute. Brink rebounded with his 58 seconds left, and he also missed McIntosh’s mistake. Cal’s Jada Curry pulled off a rebound off Hannah Jump to give the Golden Bears her last chance, but Claudia Langarita missed with 14 seconds remaining.

“It looked great. She can beat it,” said Cal coach Charmin Smith.

Brink made a tying three-point play with 3 minutes and 7 seconds remaining, exchanging baskets with McIntosh. Cal’s Evelien Lutje Schipholt should have led the team as she missed her two free throws with 2:35 remaining.

McIntosh tied for 47 with 7:38 before Brink responded, and McIntosh hit three seconds later.

A jump hit from long range late in the third gave Stanford a 35–31 lead as Stanford had a 47–43 advantage in the final ten minutes.

“I think it’s really good for the young players and for us,” said Brink, noting that Stanford is on track at home but has yet to be tested.

Sluggish Bears, who averaged 74.0 points to Stanford’s 84.6 points, ended the first half on a 7-0 run as Stanford went 11-2 to end the half in a scoring drought of 2:19. .

The Cardinals have won their last nine matchups in the Bay Area rivalry, but had to delay this one after a 90-69 win in the conference opener for both programs on December 23. did not.

“Every stop mattered, every basket mattered,” said Jones. “I think we had some good shots in the stretch. Credit to Cam she was hitting everything.”

Stanford committed five turnovers during a scoring drought of over five minutes and Cal missed the first six shots. It took nearly half a minute.

Stanford has a 38-game winning streak against the Pac-12 team, including the last two conference titles and the postseason.

curry and curry

Stephen Curry received the No. 30 Cal jersey from Jada Curry as Jada Curry visited the Bears’ locker room after the game and offered some words of encouragement. The two Star Guards share a number and surname.

The current NBA Finals MVP visited Berkeley on a day off from rehab for a left shoulder injury that has missed the defending NBA champion’s final 11 games, for another round on the women’s basketball circuit.

His mother, Sonya, joined him. She and his three children also attended the final game at Stanford University last week. daughters Riley and Ryan and son Canon.

Jayda Curry has made at least one 3-pointer in 37 straight games. This is his third longest streak in Pac-12 history.

“Glad he came. Having someone who has played professionally in the NBA reiterate the important things that we are trying to push is a great way to see what we can do. I feel that it shows that I am,” she said.

big picture

Stanford: Blink has blocked at least one shot in every game, currently tallying 51. The Cardinals’ 26 points was their lowest halftime total ever. …Junior G Agnes Emanunop returns after missing two games after being poked in the eye by Indiana Barr during practice. …Stanford is away and he’s 4-0.

California: The Bears were rebounded 46-37 to the larger Stanford team. …Cal is trailing the series at home 32-14.

next

Stanford: Friday night at 12 UCLA.

California: Friday night at USC against former California coach Lindsey Gottlieb’s team.

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