No. 4 Stanford women beat USC
A matchup of the Pac-12’s top teams was a mismatch, as host Stanford beat USC 86-59 to improve to 8-0 in conference play.
The Associated Press
STANFORD, Calif. – Chiney Ogwumike contributed 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 4 Stanford to an 86-59 victory over USC on Monday night in a game between the Pac-12’s top women’s basketball teams.
Mikaela Ruef added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinal (19-1 overall, 8-0 Pac-12), which won its 18th straight to increase its lead in the standings. Every other team has at least two conference losses.
Amber Orrange and Lili Thompson scored 12 points apiece, Karlie Samuelson had 10 and Stanford beat the Women of Troy for the 13th straight time.
Ariya Crook scored 18 points and Cassie Harberts added 17 for USC (14-7, 7-2), which had won four straight and nine of 10. The loss during that span was in overtime at then-No. 23 Arizona State.
Ogwumike scored at least 30 points for the 10th time this season, adding to her Stanford record.
“My teammates are the number-one reason I can finish,” she said.
Ogwumike also recorded her 15th double-double.
Stanford used a 14-0 run to lead 46-28 at halftime.
Deanna Calhoun made a jumper with 10:15 left in the first half to reduce the Cardinal’s lead to 23-20.
USC went cold for the next seven minutes, missing 11 consecutive field-goal attempts and two free throws as Stanford built a 37-20 advantage.
“I thought we did a good job on defense,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “This is a team that focuses on defense. I like to say we are a scouting-report team. We try to take away another team’s strengths.”
|Monday’s resultStanford 86, USC 59|