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Boothe helps seal Stanford's 20th Pac-10 basketball title

 

Sarah Boothe came off the bench to match her career high with 16 points, one of five players in double figures, and the Stanford women's basketball team clinched at least a conference tie with a 73-37 victory over visiting Oregon State in a Pac-10 contest Thursday night.

Kayla Pedersen added 13 points as the second-ranked Cardinal (16-0, 25-2) also clinched the top seed for the upcoming Pac-10 Conference tournament, tied a school record with its 59th consecutive home victory, extended its record winning streak over Pac-10 opponents to 53 and won its 19th straight overall.

Stanford has won all 25 meetings with Oregon State at Maples Pavilion, and has a 22-game winning streak over the Beavers overall.

Stanford has won or shared the past 11 Pac-10 titles and 20 overall. The Cardinal goes for the outright title Saturday when Oregon comes in for a 2 p.m. tipoff.

Junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike missed her second straight game with a sprained ankle and is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Ducks.

No matter. The Cardinal had more than enough to stop the Beavers. Chiney Ogwumike added 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds, Jeanette Pohlen had 10 points and six assists and Toni Kokenis scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

In fact, Stanford was 30-of-53 from the field (56.6 percent) while limiting Oregon State to a 13-of-56 (23.2 percent) shooting night, the lowest by an opponent since South Carolina made 21.8 percent of its shots last Nov. 26.

Senior Ashley Cimino was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer in the late going. She made all three free throws, a career high.

The Cardinal dominated the stat sheet, with a 25-5 advantage in points off turnovers, a 41-31 rebounding edge, 14-0 in fast break points and 32-5 margin in bench points.

The Beavers held an 11-6 lead with 13:49 remaining to play in the first half. Stanford spent the next 23 minutes and 40 seconds outscoring Oregon State, 64-19, to open a 40-point advantage with 2:31 left in the contest.

Oregon State barely kept from being added to the list of opponent team lows with 14 first-half points, three more than the Gamecocks managed in that November contest, and 23 second-half points, two more than Arizona State collected on Jan. 8.

South Carolina held on to its low point status with 32 when the Beavers made three consecutive baskets in a span of 1:41 over the final to minutes to shoot past the Gamecocks. The 13 field goals also just missed matching South Carolina's 12.

Men's basketball

Jeremy Green scored 24 points, Aaron Bright made all five of his 3-pointers and Jarrett Mann recorded 10 assists.

Stanford still couldn't win, dropping an 87-80 decision to host Oregon State in a Pac-10 contest Thursday night.

The Cardinal (6-10, 13-14) will try to salvage a win out of the road trip when it visits Oregon for a 3 p.m. contest Saturday.

Anthony Brown added 12 points for Stanford, which lost its fourth straight. The Cardinal has not lost five in a row since the 1992-93 season.

The Cardinal led in this one, 25-12, with 11:13 left in the first half. Oregon State scored 10 of the first 11 points in the second half to tie the game at 47, and then added three points for its first lead since an early 2-0 advantage.

Stanford responded with a 13-2 run of its own to pull ahead, 60-52, with just over 12 minutes to play.

The Cardinal was still ahead, 65-58, with just over 10 minutes left. Oregon State outscored Stanford, 29-15, the rest of the way.

Bright's 5-of-5 showing from long range bolstered a 52 percent team effort (13-of-25) and that's after Stanford missed its final five 3-point attempts.

Stanford shot 52.7 percent overall. Oregon State shot a sizzling 61.5 percent from the field, easily the best by a Stanford opponent. The 87 points also matched Washington for most allowed by the Cardinal.

While the Cardinal can't finish last, it can still slip into ninth place. Winning its last two conference games and a combination of other factors involving five other teams, could mean a tie for fourth place.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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