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Cardinal women look to tie a record and clinch a tie for the Pac-10 conference title

 

The second-ranked Stanford women's basketball team is looking for nothing more than a tie Thursday night when it hosts Oregon State in a Pac-10 Conference contest at 7 p.m.

A victory over the Beavers would assure the Cardinal (15-0, 24-2) of at least a share of the conference title, its 11th straight and 20th overall, and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles. Stanford earned a bye into the semifinals of the conference tournament with its win over UCLA on Sunday.

A win would also match Stanford's longest home winning streak in program history at 59 straight.

Junior All-America forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike missed Stanford's 67-53 win over the Bruins with a sprained right ankle. Chiney Ogwumike, her younger sister, recorded her seventh double-double, with 18 points and 15 rebounds, in her stead.

"She just told me to be myself," Chiney said of the advice she received from Nnemkadi.

Fellow freshman Toni Kokenis turned in her finest game, going 5-for-8 from the field and scoring 13 points with three rebounds and two assists.

Oregon State (2-12, 9-16) won its second conference game against Oregon, a come-from-behind victory, on Saturday.

Stanford leads the all-time series against Oregon State, 46-6, has won 21 in a row and 32 of the last 33 against the Beavers. The Cardinal has won all 24 meetings with Beavers at Maples Pavilion.

Men's basketball

The last time Stanford played Oregon State, it ended a four-game losing streak. The Cardinal (6-9, 13-13) won't be so picky this time, needing only to put an end to a three-game slide Thursday in Corvallis for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

It's the Beavers (4-10, 9-16) who are stuck in a four-game losing streak this time around. They've also dropped three in a row to Stanford.

Stanford can match last year's win total (14) with a victory, as well as staying in the hunt for a possible fourth-place finish in the Pac-10.

The Cardinal has won just six of its last 33 road games in conference and will be looking to win its third in the same season against the Beavers, a feat not accomplished since 2008.

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