Stanford gets its wish in women's basketball victory


Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Jeanette Pohlen weren't missing and South Carolina had trouble finding the backboard. It was a little like having ice cream and cake at a birthday party. Everything went right for the third-ranked Stanford women's basketball team, while the candles blew out on the Gamecocks.

Pohlen scored 14 points and three others reached doubled figures as the Cardinal beat visiting South Carolina, 70-32, in a nonconference affair Friday afternoon.

Stanford (4-0) hosts 16th-ranked Texas in another nonconference contest Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

On Friday it was almost over before it started. Ogwumike made all four of her first-half shots, Pohlen was 4-of-7 and the two players combined for 21 of their points in the opening 20 minutes.

South Carolina made just four of its 25 attempts in the first half and fell behind by double digits before the game was nine minutes old.

Kayla Pedersen had 11 points and seven rebounds, Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 10 points and seven rebounds and Joslyn Tinkle added 10 points and six rebounds.

Stanford led 27-8 with 8:13 left en route to a 35-11 halftime advantage. The Cardinal finished with 24 points off 15 South Carolina turnovers and created 19 second-chance points on 16 offensive rebounds.

The Gamecocks recorded 20 offensive rebounds, but produced seven second-chance points. Stanford outrebounded South Carolina by an overall margin of 40-30.

The victory moved Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer (797-195) within three victories of 800. She is trying to become the fifth women's coach to do it. VanDerveer is 645-144 at Stanford.

Men's basketball

Jeremy Green scored 20 points but Stanford dropped a 65-53 decision to Tulsa in the second round of the 76 Classic in Anaheim Friday night.

Men's water polo

Jeffrey Schwimer scored twice, including an early goal in the fourth period that stood up as the game-winner, in Stanford's 8-7 victory over UC Irvine in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament Friday.

The fourth-ranked Cardinal (14-7) meets top-ranked California in Saturday's semifinal at 1:30 p.m. at Avery Aquatic Center. The Bears have beaten Stanford twice this season.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Paul Rudolph also scored twice for Stanford, which needs to win the tournament to gain a spot in the NCAA tournament to be held at California next weekend.

Jacob Smith led the Cardinal with three goals in the come-from-behind victory.

The Anteaters took a 4-1 lead in the first period before Stanford scored six of the next eight goals to take a 7-6 advantage late in the third period.

Stanford goalie Brian Pingree recorded eight saves on the day.

Field hockey

It's been quite a ride for senior Xanthe Travlos and her Stanford teammates the past four years, qualifying for the NCAA tournament all four years after winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament each time.

It's the best four-year span in school history. The Cardinal went seven years between NCAA tournaments before Travlos helped guide the team there in 2007.

Adding to her lengthy list of individual honors, which coincides with the team's success, Travlos earned her second straight Longstreth/NFHCA All-American honor.

Travlos became a four-time Longstreth/NFHCA All-West Region pick earlier, earning first team accolades as a freshman, junior and senior while netting second team recognition as a sophomore.

Travlos started all 21 games, ranked second in goals (8), assists (6), points (22) and shots (64). The two-time NorPac Player of the Year finishes her career with 40 goals, 19 assists, 99 points and 245 shot attempts in 81 games.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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