McCall, No. 13 Stanford women stun No. 7 Oregon State 76-54
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Erica McCall wanted to play it cool after hitting the first 3-pointer of her college career. Her excitement was too much to hold in, though, and she pounded the air with her fist.
McCall scored a career-high 25 points, Brittany McPhee added 15 and No. 13 Stanford stunned No. 7 Oregon State 76-54 on Friday night, knocking the Beavers out of a tie for first place.
''You could tell from my reaction I was pretty excited,'' McCall said. ''I was supposed to act like I've made them before. But, nope. That kept me going for the rest of the game.''
Karlie Samuelson added 13 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds for the Cardinal (23-6, 13-4 Pac-12), who picked up the program's 1,000th victory with an outstanding effort against one of the top defensive teams in the country.
''It's historical,'' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. ''It's not just an ordinary win. There was a lot of excitement. I'm glad it could come in a game like this.''
Ruth Hamblin scored 14 points to lead the Beavers (24-5, 15-2), who had their school record-matching 14-game winning streak stopped.
Oregon State, which won its first conference title last year, had not allowed more than 54 points in a game during its win streak. Stanford scored its 54th point with 3:47 remaining in the third quarter.
''Man, I was really impressed by Stanford,'' Beavers coach Scott Rueck said. ''They shot the ball at an incredible rate. They took control of the game and we couldn't get it back.''
Stanford's offensive output was the highest of the season against the Beavers and was just the second time Oregon State gave up more than 70 points in a game.
''We're playing great basketball and we have continued to improve,'' Rueck said. ''All we can do is focus on us.''
The Beavers were looking for their first win at Stanford in 29 tries. The Cardinal effectively ended Oregon State's hopes after a 20-8 run in the second quarter led to a 41-25 edge.
''Brittany set the tone with her defense,'' VanDerveer said. ''It was a really big game for us to prove to ourselves how much we've improved.''
McCall scored 10 points during the run, including a pair of 3-pointers. She had attempted one 3-pointer - a miss - in her career before unleashing a barrage against the Beavers, making 3 of 5.
''She definitely hit another level,'' Hamblin said. ''But she's been playing well lately and she did what she needed to do to help her team.''
Oregon State entered the game as the national leader in field-goal percentage and the Cardinal were ranked second. Stanford shot 57.7 percent from the field after shooting 31.8 percent in its loss to the Beavers in Corvallis.
Oregon State: Hamblin, last year's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, already owns the Beavers school record with 386 blocks. She's second on the Pac-12's career list and entered play against Stanford needing 16 to match Oregon grad Stefanie Kasperski. Hamblin is the NCAA's active leader in blocked shots, just ahead of Connecticut's Breanna Stewart. ... Deven Hunter made her 96th consecutive start and has appeared in all 126 games, 123 starts, since arriving at Oregon State.
Stanford: The Cardinal have never gone more than two years without at least a share of the Pac-10/12 regular season title. This recent streak is the third time it's happened. ... Stanford junior Lili Thompson missed the game to attend to the death of her grandfather, a Michigan Hall of Fame high school coach.
Oregon State plays at California on Sunday.
Stanford hosts Oregon on Sunday.