3 Ways Stanford Showed Why It’s the Best US Team Winning Against UCLA

Stanford has held the top spot in the AP top 25 rankings since December 7th. It’s no surprise for anyone that the team continues to build on an undefeated 7-0 start. In the last test, the Cardinal proved that they belong on the throne with the great defeat over number 10 UCLA 61-49, with a huge dunk from Fran Belibi in the fourth quarter. Here are the three ways that Stanford showed why this is the number one women’s basketball in the country.

Stanford Women's Basketball vs. UCLA
3 Ways Stanford Showed Why It’s the Best US Team Winning Against UCLA

Stanford Currently Dominates the Rebounding Game

The last rebounding numbers are the true eye-catcher on the stat sheet as Stanford beat UCLA on the boards, 51-37. The team converted seven out of fourteen offensive rebounds into second-chance points, while the margin of the defensive rebounds was 37-22 in favor of Stanford. Now through seven games in the season, the Cardinal has more rebounds from their opponents by an average of +16.6. Haley Jones greatly contributed to this. She leads the team with 10.1 rebounds per game. UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere did a perfect job of containing Stanford’s Jones in the score column; however, Jones still grabbed 15 rebounds.

Stifling Defense by The Cardinal

Stanford Women's Basketball vs. UCLA
3 Ways Stanford Showed Why It’s the Best US Team Winning Against UCLA

Stanford has held teams to an average of 50.3 points through seven games. They also have a margin of victory of 38.3. Still, UCLA challenged the Cardinal most as they remained close through their last match. UCLA faced just a five-point halftime deficit. They also never trailed by double-digits until the fourth quarter.

Great Team Support

All five on the court set each other up for success. Stanford gave many two-game looks. They were able to read the defense and find the team players cutting to the basket for an open look in the paint. Because of this, Stanford put up 34 paint points compared to UCLA’s 22. Stanford also shared the ball well with eighteen assists.