The drama drained rapidly out of Stanford's 91-56 victory over host Oregon in a Pac-10 women's basketball contest Thursday night.
That's what can happen when an up tempo team like the Ducks remain up, but now on. Stanford took a 14-1 lead before Oregon could hit its first field goal and by then, the Ducks full court pressure seemed strangely futile.
Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the fourth-ranked Cardinal (8-0, 18-2) won its 45th consecutive game against a Pac-10 opponent. Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 16 points and Kayla Pedersen had 11 points and 14 rebounds as Stanford won its 11th straight.
Statistics tell the tale of this one. Stanford was 43.6 percent from the field while Oregon (3-5, 12-7) shot 25 percent. The Ducks were 3-of-32 from 3-point range (9.4 percent) and that's an improvement over the 1-of-22 they shot in the first half.
The Cardinal outrebounded Oregon by a whooping 62-30 margin and six different Stanford players blocked a total of 10 shots, led by Chiney's three.
Sarah Boothe had a huge night for Stanford with 16 points and eight rebounds. Jeanette Pohlen added 17 points and six assists.
The Cardinal visits Corvallis for a noon game Saturday against Oregon State.
Chalk this one up to the law of averages. Oregon beat host Stanford, 67-59, Thursday night in a Pac-10 contest, the Ducks first win at Maples Pavilion since 1986.
Dwight Powell scored 14 points as the Cardinal (10-9, 3-5) lost a fourth straight game. Jeremy Green added 13 points and Anthony Brown had 12.
"I don't think we played particularly well," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "We turned the ball over too much and we didn't find Josh (Owens) enough."
Stanford has not won since upsetting Washington at home on Jan. 13. The Cardinal won four of their five previous games before the current losing streak. They've also lost two straight at home after winning their first eight.
"The combination of their press and the zone they dropped back into was good," Dawkins said. "It was active and got us going too fast."
Stanford took its first lead early in the second half and was ahead 38-32 with 15:57 remaining. The Ducks scored the next 12 points and eventually built a 10-point advantage.
Stanford made the score 56-52 following consecutive 3-pointers from Brown and Green.
The Cardinal got within 60-57 before Oregon's E.J. Singler converted a three-point play with 35 seconds left, and Garrett Sim made four free throws in the final 26 seconds.
Stanford hosts Oregon State at 7 p.m. Saturday.