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Cardinal women take care of hoops business

 

Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 14 points and six rebounds, Lindy La Rocque added a career-high 15 points on five 3-pointers, and the No. 5 Stanford women extended their winning streak at Maples Pavilion to 65 games with a 97-48 nonleague basketball win over Old Dominion on Thursday night.

Ogwumike, playing in her second game after sitting out the opener with an upper body injury, wasn't as sharp as she had been four nights earlier when she had 33 points and 18 rebounds against Gonzaga. Then again, she didn't need to be.

La Rocque bested her previous career high before halftime and finished 5 of 7 from the floor to pick up the scoring slack. Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka's younger sister, added 13 points and nine rebounds for Stanford, which hasn't lost at home in more than four years.

The Cardinal (3-0) heads to Connecticut to face the fourth-ranked Huskies on Monday.

Tia Lewis had 11 points and six rebounds to lead Old Dominion, which remained winless under first-year coach Karen Barefoot. The Lady Monarchs (0-3) shot 30.3 percent from the floor and were outrebounded 52-34.

Unlike in 1997, when Stanford and Old Dominion played an overtime thriller in the NCAA tournament semifinals, there was little doubt about the outcome of this one.

The Cardinal built a 32-point by halftime, made a season-high 12 3-pointers then coasted over the final 15 minutes when coach Tara VanDerveer emptied her bench.

Despite their numbers, neither Nneka (5 of 11) nor Chiney (4-for-7) shot particularly well against Old Dominion early. Instead, La Rocque and point guard Toni Kokenis carried the scoring load for Stanford until the sisters got going after halftime.

That's an encouraging sign heading into Monday's game. The Cardinal ended the Huskies NCAA record 90-game winning streak last year with a 71-59 victory at Maples on Dec. 30.

After playing Connecticut, Stanford plays at Xavier on Friday. The Cardinal also host No. 3 Tennessee in December, a rough non-conference schedule VanDerveer hopes pays off.

Her team has a little momentum going now after struggling with its perimeter shooting in the first two games.

Stanford made only seven 3-pointers in its first two games but had that many in the first eight minutes against Old Dominion. Six came during a 23-5 run in the first half when the Cardinal opened a 20-point lead.

La Rocque and freshman Taylor Greenfield had three 3s apiece during the run, and La Rocque later added two more to make it 42-17.

Old Dominion couldn't keep up.

The Lady Monarchs missed their first 13 3-pointers and didn't make one until 10:02 was left in the game.

Joslyn Tinkle added 12 points and seven rebounds for Stanford.

Women's swimming

Stanford's Betsy Webb won the 50 free and was a part of the winning 200 free to highlight the Cardinal participation on the first of three days at the Arena Invite.

Webb bettered her prelim time (22.63) by just over two-tenths of a second in the 50 free to win ahead of Cal's Liv Jensen (22.56). Sam Woodward who had the top prelim top of 22.52 was third at 22.64 as four current Cardinal were in the finals. Webb's time this year was .13 seconds off her meet record from last year.

Stanford opened up the night session by winning the 200 free relay with a time of 1:29.66, .49 seconds off the pool record set last year. This year's only change was freshman Maddy Schaefer replacing graduate Kate Dwelley, who swam along with Woodward, Andi Murez and Webb on Thursday night.

Andie Taylor was the top collegian and second overall in the 500 free with a time of 4:40.64, two seconds behind winner Lauren Boyle (4:38.18) as the Cardinal sophomore led five Stanford swimmers in the top-18.

Senior Chad La Tourette and freshman David Nolan won individual events as the Stanford men won four of five events at the Long Beach Arena Invite on Thursday.

The Cardinal closed out day won by setting a new meet record in the 400 medley relay, at 3:11.58, of which Nolan swam the fly. Nolan was also a part of the winning 200 free relay team as the Cardinal won four of five events.

In the 500 free, it was a guaranteed winner in the A Final as all eight finalists wore cardinal, as La Tourette (4:20.71) and Drew Cosgarea (4:21.78) paced the field. Rob Andrews made it a top-nine Stanford finish by winning the B Finals (4:27.60).

Stanford also had a distinct advantage in the 200 IM, placing the top-seven of eight in the top flight led by Nolan, who broke an six-year old meet record with a time of 1:44.69. Matt Thompson was also under Stanford's Hongzhe Sun's 2005 time of 1:46.08 with a mark of 1:45.97.

Aaron Wayne (19.95) and Geoff Cheah (20.05) finished 1-2 in the 50 free behind UC Santa Barbara's Chris Peterson and his time of 19.75. Stanford opened the night by winning the 200 free relay at 1:19.97 with Wayne and Cheah swimming the first two legs.

Men's golf

Dominick Francks and David Boote have signed national letters of intent to attend Stanford University next fall.

Francks currently attends Olympia (Wash.) High School. He was the 2010 Washington State Golf Association Junior Boy's Player of the Year when he won the Junior State Championship and the Junior Pacific Northwest Amateur. In 2011, he was named Player of the Year by the Washington Junior Golf Association, added an MVP honor at the Junior America's Cup and claimed the WIAA 4A State High School Golf Championship.

Boote attends Epsom College in Surrey, England. The 2011 National Junior Champion. Boote is a key member of the Welsh National Men's Amateur Squad. He captained the Great Britain and Ireland Junior squad that defeated the European team at the Jaques Leglise Trophy match.

Field hockey

Senior Stephanie Byrne and junior Becky Dru have been named 2011 Longstreth/NFHCA All-West Region First Team selections, as announced today by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).

Freshman Alex McCawley was also tabbed a Second Team choice, giving Stanford three selections overall.

Byrne and McCawley are first-time recipients of the award, while Dru was honored for the second time in her career.

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