The Stanford women's basketball team was looking for a confidence booster Sunday afternoon in its second game of the season and got it -- on both ends of the floor.
Using two new starters, the fourth-ranked Cardinal rolled past Santa Clara 92-57 at the Leavey Center.
"They were very inspired and responded to the challenge," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. "We used a different starting lineup, one with high energy. When we can play 11 in the first half, it's good for us."
After a lackluster performance in a tough win over Fresno State on Friday night, VanDerveer inserted forward Erica Payne and guard Jasmine Camp into the starting lineup in place of Taylor Greenfield and Sara James.
Payne, a sophomore from Carondelet High-Concord, and Camp scored four points apiece, with the bulk of Stanford's scoring coming from holdover starters Chiney Ogwumike, Joslyn Tinkle and Amber Orrange. Ogwumike led all scorers with 22 points, with Tinkle contributing 19 and Orrange 18.
"Today we had a different vibe," said Ogwumike, who had four steals. "We were hungry and aggressive. My goal is to touch the ball on both sides of the floor. Tipping it away and making their offense try to anticipate."
The Cardinal defense seemed to be everywhere -- coming up with 11 steals and either blocking or forcing bad shots. Stanford held Santa Clara scoreless for more than three minutes in the first half and limited the Broncos to 10 points in nearly a
Santa Clara shot 37 percent for the game compared with 63.5 for Stanford.
"Defensively, Stanford is long and all over the place," Santa Clara's Lindsay Leo said. "We made adjustments and watched our passes to make sure they got through."
Lindsay Leo (Archbishop Mitty-San Jose) led Santa Clara (1-1) with 16 points.
Santa Clara closed the half on a 12-4 run, with Ricki Radanovich hitting a 3-pointer to send the Broncos into the locker room down 47-32. Meagan Fulps, who started the run with a 3-pointer, scored 11 of her 14 points in the first half.
"We played well in the first half," Leo said.
Stanford's defense turned it up in the second half.
"We let up a bit, and they had a little run going into the half and they came out strong," Tinkle said. "But we stopped the run as fast as we could. Collectively, we came together."