STANFORD -- Sizzling 3-point shooting from Bonnie Samuelson and stout defense propelled the Stanford women's basketball team to a 74-48 victory over last-place Arizona on Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion.
Samuelson came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points for the sixth-ranked Cardinal (24-2, 13-1), all in the first half. Fifteen of the junior forward's points came on 3-pointers as Stanford threatened to break the Pac-12's single-game record for 3-pointers by one team.
"My teammates did a really good job finding me today," Samuelson said. "My shot was working really well, and I enjoy shooting threes."
Even more impressive, Samuelson did it in limited action.
"Seventeen points in 16 minutes," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "That's pretty damn good."
With Sunday's win, Stanford is now just two victories from clinching the Pac-12's regular-season title. The Cardinal can do it as early as next Sunday at UCLA.
After not making any 3-pointers against No. 15 Arizona State on Friday, the Cardinal buried 13 -- 10 in the first half -- against undermanned Arizona (5-20, 1-13), which has just six players because of injuries and player departures. Stanford came up shy of the mark of 18 3s that Washington made against Oregon on Feb. 15, 2013.
Chiney Ogwumike finished with 15 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal, marking the first time since Stanford's Nov. 11 loss to UConn that the senior forward did not lead the team in scoring. Ogwumike rested for most of the second half as Stanford, leading comfortably, put its reserves on the floor.
Defensively, Stanford limited Arizona to 31.5 percent shooting, including 25 percent in the first half, when the Wildcats scored just 19 points. The Cardinal held the Wildcats without a field goal for approximately 10½ minutes of the opening period, outscoring Arizona 28-2 after the Wildcats opened the game shooting 5 for 7.
"They started out scoring inside pretty early," VanDerveer said. "That's when we had a heart-to-heart with our post players about defending inside better. We went on a run, Bonnie hit some shots, other players hit some shots and we took care of the ball really well."
Stanford's defensive numbers might look more impressive had they not come against the Pac-12's worst offensive team -- Arizona came in averaging a conference-low 58.5 points. However, given the team's renewed emphasis on defense after last week's 87-82 loss to Washington, the Cardinal will undoubtedly take them.
"Our defense has to be excellent against every single team we play," Samuelson said. "We still need to work hard at it, but we're making good steps."
Stanford (24-2, 13-1) at USC (16-10, 9-5), 6 p.m. Pac-12 Networks