Scoring inside no problem for Stanford women

Fourth-ranked Cardinal gets 48 points in the paint in big win over Cougars

Junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike barely played more than half the game. Chiney Ogwumike played less than half. Their combined 34 points and 18 rebounds were enough to propel the Stanford women's basketball team to a 94-50 victory over host Washington State.

Mikaela Ruef, Sarah Boothe and Joslyn Tinkle more than held their own during their tenure on the court Sunday as the fourth-ranked Cardinal (5-0, 14-2) won its eighth straight and remained unbeaten in Pac-10 play.

Something will have to give when conference co-leader UCLA visits Maples Pavilion for a 7 p.m. contest Thursday night. The 10th-ranked Bruins (5-0, 15-1) are off to their best start since the 1976-77 version opened 18-1.

UCLA has a 13-game regular-season winning streak in the Pac-10, with its last loss coming to the Cardinal a year ago.

Stanford was won 36 straight conference games and 60 of 62 dating to February of 2006. The Cardinal last dropped a game to the Bruins a little more than three years ago.

Should Stanford continue to get contributions from Tinkle, Boothe and Ruef, things should be just fine. The trio combined for 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting, seven rebounds, a couple of blocked shots and a steal.

Stanford has never lost to the Cougars in 51 career meetings, and when a team gets 48 points in the paint, 17 second-chance points and 27 points as a result of 15 turnovers, it's easy to see the trend.

"I don't care about that stuff, but I do think it puts pressure on people," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said of the streak. "What I do know is having that out there does have significance. We are bigger than most teams and that posed a problem for Washington State."

Washington State, which had a two-game winning streak snapped, was limited to 24 percent shooting, making 17 of 70 shot attempts.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the Cardinal, which shot nearly 58 percent as a team, with 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting, and also grabbed eight rebounds. Chiney Ogwumike had 14 points (on 5-of-5 shooting) and 10 boards. Jeanette Pohlen added 14 points and nine assists.

"Not everyone gets to play with their sister," Nnemkadi said. "Just playing with her is fun because I have watched her grow. From the first game to now, she is so much better."

Toni Kokenis hit a jumper with 9:24 remaining in the first half as the Cardinal took a 25-9 lead. Washington State never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Women's tennis

Stanford senior Hilary Barte defended her title at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic on Sunday in La Quinta, beating Baylor's Diana Nakic, 6-2, 6-0, in the championship match.

Barte missed a chance to repeat as doubles champ, as she and Mallory Burdette were downed, 9-7, by UCLA's duo of Courtney Dolehide and Andrea Remynse in the title match Sunday.

In Las Vegas, Carolyn McVeigh won four straight matches to take the singles' consolation title, highlighting play for Stanford at the Freeman Memorial Invitational on the weekend.

After dropping her first-round match in the main draw, McVeigh rebounded to post four consecutive wins, capped by a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over North Carolina's Tessa Lyons in the final.

Freshmen Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs also performed well in the tourney, with Ahn reaching the quarterfinals and Gibbs advancing to the semifinals of the main draw.

On the doubles side, McVeigh and Stacey Tan won their opening-round contest before falling in the quarterfinals.

— PA Weekly Online Sports


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