Ogwumike joins exclusive club with Cardinal women's hoops

Chiney Ogwumike just kept getting the ball inside and scoring inside, eventually scoring 23 of No. 6 Stanford women's basketball team's first 25 points as the Cardinal downed visiting New Mexico, 75-41, in a game nonconference game Monday night.

"It's just about us as a team reading the defense," Ogwumike said. "If we know what they're doing, that's what counts."

Ogwumike finished with 32 points, four shy of her career-high set earlier this season. She also grabbed seven rebounds to make it a special night all the way around.

The senior All-American became the fifth member of the exclusive 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound club, which includes older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Jayne Appel, Nicole Powell and Val Whiting.

Ogwumike also moved past her older sister into third place on the all-time Stanford rebounding list with 1,227. Jayne Appel is second with 1,263 and Kayla Pedersen tops the list with 1,266.

Ogwumike is 50 points from matching Whiting for fifth on the all-time scoring list.

"Chiney is just such an anchor for us," Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. "She calls for the ball, she rebounds, she scores, she plays defense. She did a great job."

Mikaela Ruef had 10 rebounds and blocked three shots for the Cardinal (9-1), which hosts third-ranked Tennessee on Saturday.

"We have to take care of the ball and we have to rebound," VanDerveer said of playing the Lady Vols. "Those two things are the keys."

Freshman Erica McCall, who added six points and eight rebounds, is looking forward to playing Tennessee. Two of her friends (Mercedes Russell and Jordan Reynolds) play for the Lady Vols.

"When you think Tennessee, you think big, tall and rebounding," said the 6-3 McCall. "I'm going to focus on boxing out. I'm pretty pumped up."

Ogwumike scored Stanford's first 10 points and 23 of its first 25 before she was replaced by McCall with 9:52 left in the first half.

Ogwumike, who also blocked four shots, was 10 of 15 in the first half as Stanford took a 40-21 lead into the intermission.

Ogwumike played 23 minutes, sitting out the final 10:30.

"In this game I felt it was better to rest her anbd give others a chance for some minutes," VanDerveer said. "That has to be the least amount she's played in a long time."

The Lobos, who had a two-game winning streak snapped, were within 7-5 early before the Cardinal went on a 20-2 run to open a 20-point edge midway through the first half.

Looking ahead to Tennessee, Stanford owns two consecutive wins over the Lady Vols and will be looking for a third straight for the first time in a series that dates to the early 1990s.


Two Stanford fencers, sophomore Alexander Massialas and senior Turner Caldwell, earned medals in the Division I men's foil on Sunday at the December North American Cup in Dallas, Texas.

Massialas came away with a silver medal with a second-place finish and Caldwell took bronze after tying for third overall in the field of 157 competitors. The two men's foil competitors were two of six Stanford fencers who competed unattached at the USA Fencing national event.

For Massialas it was his second straight medal in national competition as he claimed gold at the November North American Cup in Cleveland. He won five of his six pool play matches and defeated three opponents in round two to make the final stage. In the quarterfinals, he dominated with a 15-2 win and then advanced to the finals with a 15-8 victory over No. 4 Miles Chamley-Watson in the semifinals. The championship match was against the No. 3 seed Race Imboden. In a close contest, it was Imboden who came out on top by a score of 15-12.

Caldwell had a strong performance with wins in five of his six contests during pool play. He advanced to the quarterfinals with victories over No. 74 Nolen Scruggs, No. 23 John Vaiani and No. 7 Seong Hyun Kim. He won his quarterfinal match by a 15-10 count over No. 79 Sam Hardwicke-Brown. However, his run ended in the semifinals against Imboden as he dropped a 15-11 decision.

-- Stanford Athletics contributed to this report.


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