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Ogwumike gets healthy in Pac-10 hoops win

 

Nnemkadi Ogwumike must have been feeling pretty good Thursday night, a few days after leaving a game early with an injury.

Ogwumike scored a season-high 24 points on 12-of-17 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds and helped the Stanford women's basketball team beat visiting Arizona, 87-54, Thursday night in a Pac-10 contest.

Chiney Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen each added 11 points and 11 rebounds as the fourth-ranked Cardinal (2-0, 11-2) won its 53rd consecutive home game, six shy of matching the school record, and knocked the Wildcats out of a share for first place.

Jeanette Pohlen added 13 points and a team-high five assists for Stanford, which hosts Arizona State at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Stanford shot nearly 53 percent from the field while limiting Arizona (2-1, 11-3) to just over 34 percent. The Cardinal limited Wildcats' All-American candidate Ify Ibekwe to eight points on 4-of-13 shooting, and eight rebounds.

The Cardinal scored the game's first nine points and never trailed, although Arizona drew within 33-31 late in the first half. Stanford scored 25 points off turnovers, 19 second chance points and 52 points in the paint.

Ogwumike sustained a shoulder injury during Stanford's win over California on Sunday. She certainly looked healthy against the Wildcats.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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