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Stanford women prove effective from short and long range

Chiney Ogwumike had another terrific night for the fourth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team on Friday. The Samuelson family also delivered a booming effort.

The combination proved way too much for host Arizona as the Cardinal made shots from everywhere on the court in its 96-52 Pac-12 victory in Tucson.

Stanford (5-0, 16-1) travels to No. 19 Arizona State for an important conference contest on Monday at 4 p.m.

With Ogwumike leading the way, the Cardinal shot 67 percent from the field in the first half against the Wildcats, and a season best .635 for the game, including .469 from 3-point range.

Ogwumike scored 24 points on 12 of 13 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds to record her 12th double-double. She moved past Kate Starbird into third place on the all-time points list with 2,231, 260 shy of older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike for second all-time.

Karlie Samuelson scored 16 points, including four 3-pointers, for her second consecutive game in double figures. She was 4 of 8 from long range and has made 10 of her past 17 3-point attempts.

Bonnie Samuelson added three 3-pointers as Stanford made a season-high 15 3-pointers overall, with seven different players nailing at least one from beyond the arc. The Samuelson sisters were a combined 9 of 16 from the field.

"The best thing on this team is that they keep each other accountable," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "If there's someone not playing well there's someone right there who can come in and do well. We have a lot of different weapons and they stepped up and played well."

Ogwumike, who also has a Pac-12 record 1,321 career rebounds, combined with the Samuelson duo to shoot over 72 percent from the field, producing an inside-outside threat that all but had it impossible for the Wildcats to defend.

"This was a great game for us, to be able to play a lot of people so that no one gets too tired and they're ready for the next game," VanDerveer said. 'We're not concerned with who we're playing, just that we play well."

Arizona was within 15-13 with 14:47 to play in the first half before Stanford's offensive prowess hit its stride and bolted to a 52-31 halftime advantage.

Ogwumike sparked the rally with a layup and the Samuelson's and Amber Orrange each hit a three, Bonnie contributing two, over four straight possessions to help the Cardinal pull away.

Lili Thompson scored 12 points, hitting one 3-pointer, and matched her season high with six assists. Orrange led the charge with eight assists to go with eight points.

Taylor Greenfield added three 3-pointers and Kaille Johnson and Sara James also hit from deep as Stanford recorded its 23rd straight win over Arizona.

The Cardinal put its stamp on its night midway through the second half, as a pair of triples from Taylor Greenfield, sandwiched around one from Karlie Samuelson, highlighted a 15-0 run that turned a 66-40 lead into a 41-point lead at 81-40 with 9:42 remaining.

Men's volleyball

Top-ranked Stanford dropped a 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 31-29, 11-15 decision to No. 6 UCLA on Friday in Los Angeles in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

Stanford (0-1, 3-1) outhit UCLA, .310 to .296, in the match and posted 10 blocks to 8 1/2 by the Bruins. The Cardinal even held a 54-51 advantage in the dig column, but was unable to overcome some tough plays down the stretch.

"UCLA did some nice things," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "We put some pressure on them to get to the fifth set, but just needed a few breaks to go our way that didn't."

After falling behind 2-1, Stanford rallied in the fourth set by staving off four match points to push the match to a fifth and final set. The Cardinal hit a match-high .462 in the fourth, registering 20 kills on 39 attempts with just two errors.

Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin had 22 kills, with a .356 hitting percentage, and 13 digs to lead the Cardinal. Senior outside hitter Brian Cook added 15 kills, eight digs and four blocks. Sophomore setter James Shaw finished with 57 assists, six digs and four kills.

"I thought Steven had a great match for us," said Kosty. "We went to him a lot down the stretch and he came through when we did."

Redshirt junior opposite Daniel Tublin added nine kills and a season-best 12 digs for the Cardinal. Redshirt junior libero Grant Delgado also had12 digs.

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Stanford continues MPSF play on Saturday at No. 11 UC Santa Barbara.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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