9:00 PM ET, January 3, 2014
Maples Pavilion, Stanford, California
Stanford Cruises Past Oregon
STANFORD, Calif. -- Sure, Chiney Ogwumike has checked off some big-name former Stanford stars on her way to becoming the Pac-12 and school's all-time rebounding leader.
There's Jayne Appel, Kayla Pedersen and even big sister Nneka. Not that she's keeping track.
Ogwumike had 33 points and 14 boards to become the Pac-12's all-time leading rebounder, and No. 4 Stanford beat Oregon 96-66 on Friday night in the conference opener for both schools.
Bonnie Samuelson came off the bench to match her career best of six 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 21 points as the Cardinal (12-1, 1-0) kicked off the conference schedule with a dominant win at Maples Pavilion.
Ogwumike has 1,271 rebounds, and moved past Pedersen's previous conference and Stanford record of 1,266. Ogwumike scored eight points in the initial 4½ minutes of the second half and sat down for good to a standing ovation with 5:34 remaining. She was three points shy of her career high.
"Honestly, there are few times when I'm speechless," Ogwumike said. "Records, I just have great teammates and I love playing for my team. I think they're great headlines or something. Having Bonnie out there go and hit 6 for 9 from 3, I'm more excited about that. ... I just try to be consistent. It's exciting to hear about these things but I always have the bigger picture in mind."
Ogwumike shot 15 for 19 in her team's 11th straight win since losing at No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 11, an unbeaten run that includes a 76-70 victory against then-No. 3 Tennessee on Dec. 21.
Jillian Alleyne had 26 points and 13 rebounds for much-improved Oregon (9-3, 0-1), which had its seven-game winning streak snapped.
The Cardinal produced the kind of balanced performance Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer has hoped to see as Stanford began its chase for a 14th consecutive conference regular-season crown with the program's 18th straight victory over Oregon dating to a win on Feb. 24, 2005.
"I like the fact so many people contributed," VanDerveer said. "We need consistent play. We need to figure out who's going to be out there and get things done."
Ariel Thomas added 11 points and six rebounds for coach Paul Westhead's fast-paced team, which went in averaging a nation-leading 105.3 points -- the only women's team averaging more than 100.
After this blowout, Westhead was left to wonder how his team might respond now.
"I have no idea, but I can tell you right now I flat-out didn't expect this," Westhead said. "Tardy defense to mediocre offense and you get 60-some points. It's a joke."
Stanford used an 8-0 spurt to build a 22-13 lead midway through the opening half, then a 10-0 run to go ahead 35-20 on Ogwumike's jumper 5:22 before halftime.
Samuelson hit back-to-back baseline 3-pointers, then another from the other baseline during a run of four straight 3s by Stanford late in the first half, including one by her younger sister, Karlie.
Oregon's clogging zone forced Stanford to shoot from the outside, determined to make others get involved and not let Ogwumike win it by herself. Lili Thompson and Taylor Greenfield each added two 3-pointers as Stanford shot 12 for 24 from behind the arc. Amber Orrange added eight assists.
"That's what Tara's been preaching at us all year that we need to be ready when we go out there and do our jobs," Samuelson said. "It was good I went out and shot well tonight. Hopefully it helped release some pressure on Chiney and helped get her going. We know we have the best player in the nation on our team and we want to enjoy this year as much as we can with her."
The cold-shooting Ducks missed their first nine 3-point tries and wound up 6 for 26. Alleyne's 11-for-15 shooting effort provided the highlight.
Oregon has made big strides just by being healthy after finishing last in the Pac-12 during an injury-plagued 2012-13 season.
"My team's going to have to get better," Westhead said.
A matchup featuring the conference's top two scorers in Ogwumike (25.8 points) and Oregon freshman Chrishae Rowe (24.5) was thoroughly lopsided -- more so once Oregon switched from a zone to man-to-man defense early in the second half, allowing Ogwumike to take over.
And Rowe didn't score her first points until 7:49 before halftime. She finished with 11 points on 3-for-16 shooting.
Stanford's defense focused on keeping Oregon in check on the perimeter.
"We celebrate the little things to keep improving. We really take pride in our defense," Ogwumike said.
VanDerveer sat starting forward Mikaela Ruef on the bench at the 17:12 mark of the first half after she struggled to defend in the paint early. Ruef recovered from a slow start to get eight points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Ducks, who play five of their first six conference games away from Eugene, are 1-27 at Stanford.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-71 (.338)||38-72 (.528)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-26 (.231)||12-25 (.480)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-23 (.522)||8-15 (.533)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||21 (0/0)|