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Ogwumike sisters combine for 38 points in win over Aggies

 

Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 18 of her 20 points, mostly on offensive rebounds, in the first half and also grabbed nine rebounds as the fifth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team beat visiting UC Davis, 93-44, Wednesday night.

Chiney Ogwumike added 18 points and nine boards and Joslyn Tinkle recorded a career-high 19 points, on 8-for-9 shooting, and grabbed nine rebounds as the Cardinal (5-1) got their 66th straight home win at Maples Pavilion. The game was a rematch of last season's NCAA tournament first-round game won, 86-59, by Stanford.

Hannah Stephens scored 19 points for the Aggies (5-2), 14 before halftime when Stanford already led 51-23.

"I was really pleased with our defense. I think our team showed we learned a lot on our East Coast trip," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "People were physical, and I liked that. We took care of the ball, people made shots. We had different people step up."

Stanford freshman Bonnie Samuelson, a 6-foot-3 forward, came off the bench to score 15 points for Stanford, all on 3-pointers.

"The upperclassmen did a really good job of showing us the ropes," Samuelson said.

The Cardinal play again Sunday at Fresno State but will not be at home again until Dec. 17, when it hosts Princeton in a 1 p.m. nonconference contest, after a two-week break for final exams.

The Cardinal, which has been to four straight Final Fours but haven't won an NCAA title since 1992, outscored the Aggies, 38-10, over the final 12:31 of the first half to pull away.

On two occasions in the first half, Chiney Ogwumike missed twice on the same possession only to see Nneka convert the putback. That helped Stanford to a commanding 47-16 advantage on the boards. Stanford pulled down 17 offensive rebounds to none for UC Davis.

Stephens hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game at 13 with 12:31 remaining in the first half. That turned out to be the Aggies' highlight.

"We set the tone in Monday's practice, coming back from a long road trip," Tinkle said. "We knew they were going to be scrappy, obviously shorter, but they're quicker. We knew their offense pretty well and were not going to let them trick us backdoor."

Stanford senior guard Lindy La Rocque did not dress and sat out the game with an injured right foot.

— AP

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