The Stanford women's basketball team has fully recovered from its two-game losing streak in December and has its collective eyes focused on the road ahead.
Junior All-American Nnemkadi Ogwumike led five Stanford players in double figures with 16 points and 11 rebounds as the fourth-ranked Cardinal scored the first 11 points on their way to an 80-51 victory over Washington on Friday night.
Stanford takes a seven-game winning streak into Sunday's 1 p.m. contest at Washington State before heading home for Thursday's showdown with 10th-ranked UCLA.
Jeanette Pohlen added 15 points and Kayla Pedersen scored 14 for the Cardinal (4-0, 13-2), which won its 10th straight over the Huskies after taking the early lead and never looking back. Chiney Ogwumike and Joslyn Tinkle each finished with 10 points.
"Going on the road, even though we haven't been on the road a lot, I had a lot of confidence in our team," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "I know it's still in the Bay Area but Seattle isn't that far away and we played well at Cal and we played well at USF."
Stanford hadn't ventured away from the San Francisco area since losing consecutive road games at DePaul and Tennessee in the middle of December.
The Cardinal, which improved to 5-2 on the road this year, was an average of a minus 3.75 points away from Maples Pavilion until the big win at USF. Since the loss at Tennessee, Stanford has won all seven double figures. Stanford's four Pac-10 victories thus far are by an average of 35.5 points.
Stanford also dominated the backboards, outrebounding Washington 42-23, including 20 offensive rebounds.
"I think we did a good job of containing their posts in the second half," Nnemkadi Ogwumike said. "It was a very physical game and we did a good job of attacking them."
Stanford shot 46 percent and committed 18 turnovers, matching their season high set in the loss to DePaul.
Brad Lawson recorded four consecutive kills to draw Stanford even in the fifth set, and the Cardinal completed the rally with a dramatic 25-21, 17-25, 25-23, 19-25, 17-15 victory over second-ranked BYU in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener for both teams.
Lawson finished with 20 kills in a match played Friday night in front of a crowd of 1,017 at Maples Pavilion.
"It's a new team that we're building," Lawson said. "We're making some uncharacteristic errors, but I'm proud of the effort and the character that we had, especially late in that fifth game."
The same two teams meet again Saturday night in Burnham Pavilion with a scheduled 7:30 p.m. first serve.
Fourth-ranked Stanford (2-0 overall), the defending NCAA champions, fought off three match points to overcome a 14-12 deficit in the deciding set. Lawson's streak of kills moved the Cardinal into a tie. The Cougars (3-1) suffered three hitting errors to end the match.
"We found out that we're resilient," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "We have heart, and we have trust in each other. Those are the things that helped us win."
Lawson, last year's MPSF Player of the Year, had a hitting percentage of .333 while Spencer McLachlin recorded 15 kills and a .419 hitting percentage.
Freshman Eric Mochalski had eight kills and six blocks in his first collegiate start. Evan Barry had 50 assists and Erik Shoji 15 digs for the Cardinal, which overcame 21 service errors to win.
Top-ranked Stanford dropped its season opener to visiting California, 349.650-348.700, Friday night at Burnham Pavilion.
The fifth-ranked Bears overcame a 3.5-point deficit after four events when Stanford suffered a couple of errors on the parallel bars and took over the lead.
The Cardinal get another chance at California when the two teams meet again Saturday for the Big Flipoff in Burnham Pavilion with a scheduled 7 p.m. start.
Josh Dixon won the floor exercise with a score of 15.00 while Tim Gentry was tops on the rings with a 15.40.
California's Glen Ishino, whose sister Allyse competes for the Stanford women's gymnastics team, was the all-around champion with a score of 90.300. Gentry was next at 87.45.