Stanford falls to Gonzaga in season opener without Cameron Brink
After crushing San Diego State in the south, the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal traveled north to play Gonzaga, marking their second road trip in three days.
After defeating Stanford 96-78, the Bulldogs—who are currently rated No. 23 in the nation—were able to capitalize on Cameron Brink's absence.
The standout forward for Stanford barely played 11 minutes before seemingly requesting a substitution due to an ailment she was reportedly experiencing.
Her absence altered the intricacy of the game, as Gonzaga was able to double and occasionally triple-team Kiki Iraifen, who finished with just 10 points despite missing a lot of action due to foul trouble.
Stanford's offense was also relatively slow. The Bulldogs had two guys scoring 27 points apiece and shot 53.5% from the floor, leaving the Cardinals defenseless.
Gonzaga scored 21 points off of Stanford's 16 turnovers, which obviously didn't help.
Stanford and Brink will have some time to recover because their next game isn't until December 15 against Portland.
Stanford suffered their first loss of the season as well as a ranking drop from third to ninth.
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