#2 Stanford lost to #25 DePaul on Thursday night, 91-71, in a runaway victory for the Blue Demons in Chicago’s McGrath Arena. DePaul benefited from a sensational second-half performance and pulled away from the Card, who trailed by just 2 points at halftime. DePaul got 20+ point performances from starting forwards Keisha Hampton and Felicia Chester; Hampton led all scorers with 27 (23 of which came in the second half) and Chester added 24. Two other players–forward Katherine Harry and guard Sam Quigley–scored in double digits for DePaul, which produced 82% of its scoring from its starters.
With the loss, Stanford drops to 6-1.
Senior point guard Jeanette Pohlen led Stanford with 23 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, and virtually no breather for the entire game. The Ogwumike sisters combined for 24 points and 16 rebounds and Stanford shot almost 50% from behind the 3-point line as a team. But the Card’s effort was not enough to shut down the interior play of DePaul and compensate for the loss of veteran forward Kayla Pedersen, who sat out Thursday’s game with a head injury. Pedersen likely would have contributed point production, rebounding, and low-post experience to a Stanford team that needed help in the low block against DePaul.
DePaul shot a whopping 60% from the field and 59% from behind the arc in the second half. Stanford struggled to shoot 40% from the field for the night. Stanford couldn’t make Hampton miss, as she shot 58% from the field and got to the line for 13 free throws.
Hampton, a junior from Philadelphia, has given virtually every one of DePaul’s opponents fits. Hampton was a preseason All-Big East selection this season, was a All-Big East freshman team selection after her first year with the Blue Demons, and has yet to post a season in which she hasn’t averaged double-digit scoring. She even earned a full paragraph in this SLAM Magazine writer’s goodbye article for the publication.
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer will have to wait to earn her 800th career victory. That could come on Sunday afternoon in Tennessee, when the Card travel to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers and legendary coach Pat Summit, who has 1037 wins of her own. Stanford will then face San Francisco and Xavier before hosting #1 UConn on the Farm on December 30.