After a close game with Davis the last time they faced, the Cardinal women put on a strong performance to beat UC Davis 53 – 31
Early in the game, Davis came out strong, scoring within the first 5 minutes after Stanford dropped the first kick off and kicked back to Davis. Stanford answered in kind with a try of their own (Herbst de Cortina) 5 minutes later. Through the middle of the half, both teams fought hard for possession, but it was Stanford that was able to put up points. Stanford picked up steam, putting up 5 unanswered tries and one conversion to end the half in the lead, 25-7.
Davis came into the second half re-energized, dominating early possession, but getting shut down by Stanford’s defense just short of a try. Stanford’s defense could not hold forever, and as the half wore on, Davis began to put up points. Stanford continued to play hard and score tries in return, never losing their lead to Davis. Penalties late in the game led Davis to score a try on the last play of the game, leaving the final score 53-31, Stanford.
Stanford played a tougher game against Davis this time around, producing fewer turnovers and scoring more points. The first half of the game saw a very strong Stanford defense, who after starting off shaky and giving up a try, shut Davis out for the rest of the half. After 60 minutes of hard play and no substitutions, Stanford’s defense wore out, leading to Davis’ tries late in the game. Sophomore Sara Maurer, who managed a hat trick during the game said “It was a really great game. We’ve improved a lot since we last played Davis, but we still have a lot to work on if we want to be National Championship contenders.”
In the second side game, the Stanford women came away with the win, 56-7. The Cardinal women shut Davis out until well into the second half, when they gave up Davis’ only try of the game. Strong performances were had by rookies Sarah Houamed (hat trick), Esther Melton (2 tries), and Madda Wilson (2 tries).
Next Up: Stanford takes on local Women’s Club team the Berkeley All-Blues Sunday March 9th, 12pm at Steuber Stadium.
Team List: 1. Jemima Oso 2. Fiona Meyer-Teruel 3. Chelsey Sveinsson 4. Jessica Smith 5. Allie Ballesteros 6. Lai Turn 7. Kaelyn Varner 8. Aly Gleason 9. Tia Watkins 10. Nikki Richardson 11. Sara Maurer 12. Michelle Teo 13. Dani McDonald 14. Sasha Herbst de Cortina 15. Chelsea Harris
4: Davis Try and Conversion 7-0 Davis 10: Stanford Try (Herbst de Cortina) and Conversion (Gleason) 7-7 19: Stanford Try (Teo) 12-7 Stanford 28: Stanford Try (McDonald) 17-7 Stanford 31: Stanford Try (Herbst de Cortina) 22-7 Stanford 36: Stanford Try (Maurer) 27-7 Stanford
49: Stanford Try (Maurer) and Conversion (Gleason) 34-7 Stanford 51: Stanford Try (Maurer) 35-7 Stanford 58: Davis Try 35-12 Stanford 65: Davis Try and Conversion 39-19 Stanford 70: Stanford Try (McDonald) and Conversion (Gleason) 46-19 Stanford 75: Davis Try 46-24 Stanford 78: Stanford Try (Gleason) and Conversion (Gleason) 53-24 Stanford 80: Davis Try and Conversion 53-31 Stanford