VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Hannah Jump scored 24 points, Haley Jones added 19 and Nadia Fingall had 10 points and 13 rebounds as No. 3 Stanford beat 18th-ranked Syracuse 77-59 on Friday night at the Greater Victoria Invitational.
Stanford (7-0) remained unbeaten on the season, while Syracuse (3-2) lost for the second time in three games overall.
Kiara Lewis led Syracuse with 19 points while Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi furnished 10.
Syracuse held the lead occasionally in the first quarter, but the Cardinal outscored the Orange 23-9 in the second quarter to take a 35-18 advantage at the half.
Stanford’s ability to hold a large lead for most of the game contrasted sharply with the Cardinal’s effort in the opening game of the tournament Thursday, when it led by 21 and allowed Cal Baptist to roar back and make the game close.
Stanford and Syracuse matched up well inside, staying close to each other on the rebound count at both ends of the floor. But the Cardinal’s superior shooting ultimately outdid the Orange.
Stanford continues to progress well as it faces the pressure of being highly ranked and some tough conference battles loom.
Syracuse faces a battle to live up to some preseason hype with tough ACC opponents coming up on the schedule.
Stanford will face No. 10 Mississippi State in Saturday’s final.
Syracuse will take on Green Bay in Saturday’s third-place game.