FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Stanford was late coming back from its holiday break — or so it seemed throughout the sluggish first half against Fresno State.
Then, the No. 4 Cardinal shook off the Bulldogs 86-54 on Saturday night in their final nonconference game.
"Even though we started off slow, we wanted to pick up where we left off," said Stanford guard Amber Orrange, who had 15 points, six assists and three steals.
Where Stanford (11-1) had left off was a signature win over then-No. 3 Tennessee, 76-70 on Dec. 21. After a six-day break, the Cardinal initially looked like a team that was either rusty from the extended time off or disinterested by the unranked opponent.
Either way, the Cardinal let the Bulldogs (6-5) make a game of it in the first 10 minutes. Stanford briefly trailed twice, and was only ahead 22-18 before pulling away for a 43-31 halftime lead.
Stanford held the Bulldogs scoreless for 5 minutes, but missed seven straight shots and one free throw before reeling off 11 straight points. The Cardinal shot just 4 of 15 from the field during the run to a 33-18 lead with under 6 minutes left in the first half.
"I don't think we played really well," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "We're still trying to find ourselves. We have people not making shots they have to make, not being aggressive enough."