Stanford women race past ASU in Pac-10 basketball romp


By Rick Eymer

Palo Alto Online Sports

Jeanette Pohlen scored 18 points and Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 16 as the Stanford women's basketball team beat visiting Arizona State, 82-35, in a Pac-10 contest Saturday.

Kayla Pedersen added 10 points as the fourth-ranked Cardinal (3-0, 12-2) won its 54th consecutive home game.

Stanford held the Sun Devils scoreless through the first 6:47 of the contest and things just never got much better for Arizona State as Stanford rolled to a huge lead and never backed down.

The Cardinal shot nearly 65 percent from the floor and limited the Sun Devils to just under 23 percent. Stanford scored 48 points in the paint, had 26 points off turnovers and eight fast-break points. Arizona State had 10 points in the pain, 11 points off turnovers and no fast-break points.

In other words Stanford dominated the stat sheet as much as it dominated the Sun Devils on the court,

"We knew they were a very aggressive, defensive team that likes to pressure," Pohlen said. "To counter that defense we wanted to take it at them no matter what and not allow their defense to frazzle us."

Stanford, which just completed a stretch of five games in 12 days, travels to Washington for a conference game Friday at 7 p.m.

"Jeanette has been playing the best basketball I've ever seen her play and she continues to improve," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "She pushes it better than anyone in the country. She has a motor."

Ogwumike has reached double figures in each of her 13 games, and recorded at least eight rebounds for the seventh time.

"We were just making smart plays," Ogwumike said. "We were really ready to go from the start. We wanted a better first half than the other day against Arizona. We did a good job of getting it to the open person."

Melanie Murphy is getting closer to rejoining the rotation. The redshirt senior guard, who had microfracture surgery on her knee last May, has been involved in non-contact drills and will accompany the team on its next road trip.

VanDerveer said there's a chance she may see some playing time next week, but would not commit to it.

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