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A dozen 3's lead to Stanford women Pac-10 hoops win

 

The Stanford women's basketball team is setting records it didn't even know about.

Jeanette Pohlen made five 3-pointers, all five Stanford starters reached double figures scoring and the fourth-ranked Cardinal beat host Arizona, 91-61, Saturday to match its own conference record of 48 consecutive Pac-10 victories.

The Cardinal (20-2, 11-0) tied the Pac-10 mark they set from Feb. 9, 1995, to Jan. 12, 1998. Stanford's last Pac-10 loss was 57-54 at California on Jan. 18, 2009.

"Forty-eight is the record? Well, then we want to break it," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "We've been a part of some records. We want to keep it going."

Pohlen was 5 of 9 from 3-point range and scored 17 points with eight assists. Lindy La Rocque, setting a career-high, and Kayla Pedersen each added 14 points. Nnemkadi Ogwumiki had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Younger sister Chiney Ogwumiki added 11 points.

"Coming into each game we do know that if we play the best basketball we can play, we should win," Pohlen said. "We should play well together. That's kind of our mentality going into each game. If we do what we need to do, if we play well together, we can do whatever."

Pohlen made five of her first six 3-point tries and finished 5 of 9. La Rocque was 4 of 8.

Ify Ibekwe scored 19 for the Wildcats (13-9, 4-7), who loss their fourth in a row overall and 19th straight to Stanford. Davellyn White added 16 points but made just 4 of 16 shots.

"Stanford is probably the best team in the country," Arizona coach Niya Butts said. "They are super efficient and beat you inside and outside. Half of their shots were 3s, half of their shots were twos, and they were about 50 percent on both of them. They are in synch at every position."

Stanford was coming off its "closest" Pac-10 game of the season, a 72-54 win at Arizona State on Thursday night. The Cardinal didn't put that one away until well into the second half. There was no such struggle at the mostly-empty McKale Center.

The Cardinal scored the first 11 points of the game and the smaller Wildcats never mustered a serious challenge. Consecutive 3-pointers by La Rocque made it 25-8, and Stanford led 55-32 at the half. The Cardinal led by as many as 32 in the second half.

The Cardinal accumulated 20 assists on 30 field goals. Eight players had at least one assist. Stanford shot 50 percent overall to Arizona's 30 percent and was 12 of 30 on 3s to the Wildcats' 7 of 23.

Since consecutive losses at DePaul and Tennessee in mid-December, Stanford has won 14 in a row, including a 71-59 victory over then top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 30 that ended the Huskies' 90-game winning streak.

Stanford will be an overwhelming favorite to break its consecutive Pac-10 win mark when the Cardinal play at home against Washington State next Thursday night.

"It's definitely an accomplishment but it kind of says something about our team that we didn't even know," Pohlen said of the record. "We're focused just on each game, not the background of what's going on. That's obviously a great deal of games to win in a row, but coming into this game we were just focused on the scouting report, what we wanted to do on defense and what we wanted to do on offense."

— AP

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