Just when you think you've seen Stanford junior basketball All-American Chiney Ogwumike at her best, she surprises you again. That was the case Sunday as Ogqumike established a pair of school records.
Ogwumike had a record 52nd double-double and set the Cardinal single-game record with 24 rebounds, adding 27 points in No. 4 Stanford's 74-50 win over Oregon in Pac-12 Conference action in Maples Pavilion.
Ogwumike said she never saw her record-breaking day coming.
"It's extremely surprising, because I don't go into a game like, 'Oh, I'm going to go and break records!"' Ogwumike said. "No, I go in and try to play to the best of my ability, honestly. But I have such great teammates that are so unselfish, that always look for me every play and put me in a good position. Even with their passes, they lead me to where I should be finishing."
Ogwumike became the sixth player in team history with at least 1,000 rebounds (1,010) and 1,000 points (1,600).
"So I'm just really blessed and fortunate . . . And the best thing I can do, if they make a good pass to me, I can finish for them. If they take a shot, I want to have confidence I'm going to rebound and let them know that I have their back no matter what kind of shot there is."
Ogwumike broke the career double-double record she had briefly shared with her older sister, Nnemkadi. Chiney, the Pac-12s leading scorer and rebounder, also broke her sister's single-game rebounding record of 23, set last season against Oregon. The younger Ogwumike's previous career high for rebounds was 19, set at Tennessee on Dec. 12, 2012.
Ogwumike had a double-double in the first half with 14 rebounds and 11 points as the Cardinal built a commanding 40-22 lead. She put herself in the double-double record book with 1:55 left in the half. That gave her 11 points to go with 11 rebounds.
The Cardinal (26-2, 15-1 Pac-12) won its 12th straight game since suffering a 67-55 loss to Cal on Jan. 13 and remained tied atop the conference standings with the Bears, who rallied from 17 points down to pull out a 58-56 win over Oregon State on Sunday.
Stanford, meanwhile, beat Oregon (4-24, 2-14) for the 17th consecutive time, improving to 47-8 in the series and 26-1 at Maples Pavilion.
"I don't think we played particularly well," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "I thought we were kind of flat, honestly. But Chiney had a great game. She just really put this team on her back. I thought Amber (Orrange) stepped up. Otherwise, we weren't shooting well.
"What we did well, we got to the (offensive) boards. People were playing hard defensively. We tried to get in passing lanes and be aggressive. We're ready to finish up the regular season. We're ready to go to Washington and Washington State and get ready for the Pac-12 tournament."
Orrange had 12 points for Stanford, while Sara James and Bonnie Samuelson scored eight apiece.
Stanford shot 44.4 percent (16-for-36) from the field and 35.7 percent (5-for-14) from 3-point range in the first half. Oregon shot 23.5 percent (8-for-34) from the field and 30 percent (3-for-10) from long range.